Murdoch’s Scandal

March 27, 2012

FRONTLINE goes inside the struggle over the future of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch’s reputation and his family’s fortune.

(53:40) Inside the phone-hacking scandal that rocked a government and shook a media giant

A Private Investigator Explains the “Dark Arts” of Tabloid News

For decades, private investigator Daniel Hanks worked both sides of the law.

Mark Lewis: The Lawyer Who “Walked Into a John Grisham Novel”

“I was a small-town lawyer who suddenly ended up taking on one of the world’s biggest media groups,” says lawyer Mark Lewis.

Just How Big is News Corp.?

Pretty big, stretching across satellite and cable television, publishing and film. Here’s a visualization of the company’s holdings in 2011.

Tom Watson: The Loneliest MP Investigating Phone-Hacking

“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.

Rupert Murdoch’s Letter to FRONTLINE

Thirty of News Corp.’s directors, executives and journalists approached by FRONTLINE declined to be interviewed for this program, including Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch’s Scandal: The Essential Reads

From Milly Dowler to the Leveson inquiry, a quick and dirty guide to what you need to know as the saga continues to unfold.


Cleared of Phone Hacking, Rebekah Brooks to Return to News Corp.

The return marks a striking reversal of fortune for Brooks, who stepped down in 2011 during the height of Britain’s phone hacking scandal.

Split Verdict in British Tabloid Phone-Hacking Trial

A British jury convicted a former “News of the World” editor, while acquitting one of Rupert Murdoch’s top lieutenants.

Leveson Inquiry Recommends New Regulator for British Press

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.

Former Murdoch Executives Charged with Bribery

In the most serious charges to date in the Murdoch scandal, two top aides are accused of paying officials for information.

Why News Corp.Took A Nearly $3 Billion Write-Down This Year

Its less profitable publishing arm was largely to blame, as you can see in our updated graphic which shows how News Corp. makes its money.

The News Corp. Phone-Hacking Scandal: A Cheat Sheet

Eight individuals were charged in the scandal today. Here’s what you need to know.

News Corp. to Split in Two?

Our interactive graphic from “Murdoch’s Scandal” shows why

At News Corp. Inquiry, A Window Into Murdoch’s Political Power

News Corp. mogul Rupert Murdoch has routinely denied having a quid pro quo relationship with British politicians. But today, former … Continue reading

Brooks, Coulson Next Up in the Phone-Hacking Scandal Hot Seat

The two former News of the World editors are expected to be grilled about their relationships with Scotland Yard and the British government, particularly Prime Minister David Cameron

Report: Murdoch “Not a Fit Person” to Run News Corp.

A scathing – but politically split – report by a British Parliamentary committee found that the media mogul exercised “willful blindness” during the phone-hacking scandal at News of the World.

The Big Takeaways From This Week’s Murdoch Testimony

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.

Your Week in Murdoch (It’s Only Just Beginning)

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.

James Murdoch Steps Down as Chair of BSkyB

It’s the latest in a year of setbacks for News Corp.

Live Chat 1 p.m. ET: Untangling Murdoch’s Scandal

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.

What It’s Like to Get “Monstered” By a Murdoch Tabloid

In 2003, British Member of Parliament Chris Bryant began investigating whether News International tabloids paid off police. Six months later, he found his private life splashed in the headlines.

Breaking the News Corp. Phone Hacking Scandal

FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman discusses “Murdoch’s Scandal” on NPR’s “Fresh Air.”

New Arrests in Murdoch Phone Hacking Investigation

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.

The Cover-Up, Not the Crime, Brings Down James Murdoch

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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