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Rupert Murdoch's employees are accused by the UK government of hacking into the phones of murder victims, terrorist victims, family members of dead soldiers, politicians, and celebrities.  (Source: AP Photo)

In response to the scandal Mr. Murdoch's son announced that "News of the World" will close, printing its last issue Sunday. The tabloid is the biggest in the UK in terms of circulation, so the news came as a shock to many.  (Source: Bloomberg)

News Corp. owns multiple U.S. publications, including the tabloid "New York Post" and Fox News
News Corp. employees hacked into a variety of peoples' phones, including murdered children

When you get caught hacking into the phone of a murdered child and hinder the investigation, you know you're in deep trouble.  That's the position that embattled international news agency News Corp. find itself in.

News Corp. (
NWS), the brainchild of billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has a penchant for controversy; with properties like U.S. news network Fox News.  However, such controversy pales in comparison to allegations brought against News of the World which is published by News International, one of News Corp.'s British holdings.

According to documents released in an ongoing police investigation, News Corp.'s British properties hired veteran hackers to gain access to the voicemail accounts of persons of interest -- including murder victims, terrorism victims, families of dead soldiers, celebrities, and politicians.  The hackers often altered the voicemail contents in an effort to fish for leads.

Just a few days ago the talk centered on whether News International CEO and Murdoch-protégé Rebekah Brooks would resign.  Now that talk has been made a moot point, as Mr. Murdoch has decided that he will discontinue the entire News of the World publication.

The news shocked many, as News of the World is currently London's best-selling tabloid newspaper.  Many in England believe that the paper's articles make or break political candidates.

The news that the paper was dead was delivered by Rupert Murdoch's son, James Murdoch, a senior News Corp. executive.  He comments, "The News of the World is in the business of holding others to account, but it failed when it came to itself."

He revealed that the move would lead to 200 staffers losing their jobs, though they could apply for other News Corp. positions.  He also revealed that the proceeds of this Sunday's final edition would be donated to charity, in an effort to placate the growing firestorm of criticism.

The closure of the embattled publication may not be enough to silence the public outcry; particularly when pressing questions remain.  Questions include whether News of the World staffers broke British law during their actions and whether they shared their findings with other sister publications, such as The Times of London and the tabloid Sun.  If they did, these publications could find themselves subject to similar boycotts as News of the World.

Another compelling question is whether the questionable tactics were isolated to News Corp.'s British operations, or whether they could have been employed at American tabloids such as the New York Post.  Thus far there's no evidence of this, but the topic will certainly be examined as spotlight of scrutiny is cast onto News Corp.

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RE: Sources?
By Brandon Hill on 7/7/2011 5:42:47 PM , Rating: 2
The error has been corrected.

RE: Sources?
By GulWestfale on 7/7/2011 5:45:01 PM , Rating: 2
and next week, mr. 'i know what ethics are, i read it in a book once' murdoch will announce the launch of a new paper, with all the same staff occupying the same building; and it will be called "news from the world."

RE: Sources?
By TheJian on 7/7/2011 9:22:28 PM , Rating: 2
So what you're saying is he's a good businessman. LOL. Smart at the least. I don't like bill gates, or his tactics, but you can't argue with the skill he has at killing the competition, even breaking all laws to do it. He's the only monopoly to stay one even after being convicted. WOW. Years ago they would have been broken up into an apps/entertainment/OS companies. Which would have broken the monopoly power. Instead he paid off the states (less than 24mil per state since they were all going bankrupt they'd take anything) and remain a monopoly. Good business. (but a bad man who cheated his way to the top).

RE: Sources?
By xyzCoder on 7/7/2011 10:00:34 PM , Rating: 2
Based on the comments from readers on the NYTimes, it seems Newscorp already owns another overlapping rag anyway (The Sun), and how peeps just expect that this other property will simply be expanded to a 7-day publication like NoTW was/is (currently it is 6, I guess).

In any case, I think Murdoch may have made a mistake in reacting so strongly so quickly, insofar that it actually makes this into a much bigger news item and admission on his part - something that is harder for Faux News to ignore, for example. Considering the likely over-saturation of the tabloid space in London, his flashy (yet relatively cheap) move may work against him in a larger sense: who on earth can stand behind NewsCorp / Fox News / etc., even in the face of stuff like this?

(At the same time, the rest of the mainstream media is as lame as ever: the only ones reporting on it are the ones who are set up as opponents of right-wing 'news', and their coverage is laughable. Over the decades, I have tried everything I could find (NYTimes, WSJ, The Economist, Foreign Policy magazine, massive etc.) - all of them are simply playing a manipulative tune, especially when/where it matters most.)

RE: Sources?
By Aloonatic on 7/8/2011 1:36:54 AM , Rating: 2
The sun is a Mon to Sat paper, the News of the World was effectively "The Sunday Sun", in all but name.

Interestingly, was registered on the 5th July. was still available for any speculators out there.

Also, a lot of people who buy The Sun do so because it has a very good sports section. The rest is ignored by many, and is mostly celebrity nonsense with some biased political reporting, depending on who they want to influence, and most people in the UK know it.

RE: Sources?
By Fritzr on 7/8/2011 3:28:41 AM , Rating: 2
That should be "...ignore most of the rest." ... the page 3 girl is a very popular feature :P

The Daily Sun is the origin of that term :D

RE: Sources?
By Helbore on 7/8/2011 7:03:04 AM , Rating: 3
This is exactly what I assumed would happen. Murdoch already owns The Sun, so will simply extend its coverage to fill the gap left by News of the World.

It's all a joke anyway. Most of the people who will now lose their jobs will be people who had nothing to do with the phone hacking - whilst parasites like Rebekah "I may have been the editor, but had no idea I was authorising cheques to pay for illegal phone hackings" Brooks keep their high-paying jobs and laugh as the little people take the fall for them.

This is nothing more than a PR excercise to make it look like Murdoch is outraged and is taking proactive steps to remedy the situation, when in fact he is just laughing at the gullible public who will fall for his crap.

RE: Sources?
By YashBudini on 7/7/2011 6:47:05 PM , Rating: 1
The error has been corrected.

Whew! Bat Boy can rest easy now.

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