A long-awaited inquiry of the British press in the wake of the nation’s phone-hacking and bribery scandal has recommended the creation of an independent regulator to police a media culture that “at times, can only be described as outrageous,” according to the report.
This week has been abuzz with news about James and Rupert Murdoch’s testimony at an inquiry into the phone-hacking scandal. So what was revealed? And what’s next for News Corp.? To keep you (very smartly) updated, here’s analysis from key reporters who have been following Rupert Murdoch and the media for years.
As both Rupert and James Murdoch prepare to face questioning about phone hacking by “News of the World” reporters and private investigators, a refresher of how the scandal began – and how much damage has been done to News Corp. thus far.
Join “Murdoch’s Scandal” correspondent Lowell Bergman and producer Neil Docherty for a live chat on 3/28 at 1 p.m. ET featuring guest questioner Sarah Ellison from Vanity Fair. You can leave a question now.
How a police officer’s tip at a dinner party unraveled a British scandal: “It’s a story that immediately, by fluke, takes you into not just the most powerful news organization in the country, but also the most powerful police service in the country and the most powerful political party,” says Davies.
Described as Rupert Murdoch’s “favorite editor” and known for his controversial headlines, MacKenzie worked for News Corporation for over a decade, including stints as managing editor of the New York Post and as editor of The Sun. Here’s his take on why Murdoch’s a “decent guy” – and why those less successful “dislike him intensely.”
“Every friend and adviser I spoke to in 2009 to ’10 said: ‘You’re not going to get to the truth of this. There are too many people at the top with a vested interest for this story not to come out,’” says MP Tom Watson.
Rebekah Brooks, the former CEO of News International and former editor of two British tabloids, The Sun and The News of the World, was reportedly arrested today, along with her husband and five other people, on suspicion of corrupting justice.
FRONTLINE’s Lowell Bergman appeared on The Takeaway this morning to reflect on the news that James Murdoch, son of media titan Rupert, stepped down from his role as CEO of News International, the British press arm of News Corporation.
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