Wednesday 13 December 2017

Murdoch flies in to take control of NOTW crisis

News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch. Photo: PA
News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch. Photo: PA reporters

News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch was flying into London today and the eye of a storm over the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

Despite a decision to close the paper after tomorrow's edition, announced by his son James Murdoch, the crisis threatens to engulf his media empire.

In peril is his ambition to take over BSkyB following yesterday's declaration by British Prime Minister David Cameron that politicians had too close relationships with media owners,

Mr Cameron said he would have accepted the resignation of News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, who was editor of the NOTW at the time of the phone hacking.

And last night Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg called on Ms Brooks to quit her job.

"The whole senior management of News International has to ask itself how on earth could it have presided over this without appearing to know what was going on," he said.

"Somebody somewhere higher up the food chain needs to be held to account."

She told the 200 journalists employed at the NOTW yesterday that she would try to find opportunities for them in other titles in the media group.

But, in a further twist to the scandal employees secretly taped Ms Brook's address to staff and gave it to Sky News who ran it on broadcasts.

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