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Revealed: Murdoch got secret go-ahead from Thatcher to buy The Times

Alan Travis, The Guardian A secret meeting between Rupert Murdoch and Margaret Thatcher cleared the way for News International to buy the Times and Sunday Times in 1981, Thatcher’s private files reveal. A long note – marked by her press secretary, Bernard Ingham, as “commercial in confidence” – of the…

Murdoch’s Sun attacks police ‘witch-hunt’

Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid The Sun on Monday condemned police raids against its journalists as a “witch-hunt” worthy of former communist states, and won rare support from rival newspapers. The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, both non-Murdoch papers, also questioned the scale of the police operation after another fiveSun staff were arrested at the…

Murdoch ‘flying to London’ after Sun arrests

Rupert Murdoch will fly to London this week to meet journalists at The Sun after five senior staff at his flagship British tabloid were arrested over bribery allegations, sources said on Sunday. Publisher News International said Murdoch had given a “personal assurance” that The Sun would not face the same…

Eight arrested in bribery probe at Murdoch’s Sun

Britain’s biggest selling newspaper The Sun was in crisis Saturday after police arrested five of its journalists over bribery allegations, but owner Rupert Murdoch vowed to keep publishing the tabloid. A Ministry of Defence (MoD) official, a member of the armed forces and a policeman were also arrested over allegations that journalists paid…

Four held in Murdoch police payments probe

Detectives investigating the suspected payment of police for information arrested a serving officer and three other men on Saturday, and searched the offices of Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers. The investigation is linked to the police probe into phone-hacking at the News of the World, which Murdoch shut down in July after…

Murdoch blasted on Twitter for anti-Google tweets

When News Corp. mogul Rupert Murdoch attacked Google on Twitter for its opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act, he had no idea what he was letting himself in for. “Piracy leader is Google who streams movies free, sells advts around them. No wonder pouring millions into lobbying,” Murdoch tweeted…

Murdoch staff defend tabloid at hacking inquiry

LONDON — Current and former editors of Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid The Sun defended the newspaper, at the country’s phone-hacking inquiry, saying it could be a “powerful force for good”. Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron is “99.9 percent certain” to be called to the inquiry along with his predecessor Gordon Brown…

Murdoch staff defend Sun at hacking inquiry

Current and former editors of Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid The Sun defended the newspaper at the country’s phone-hacking inquiry on Monday, saying it could be a “powerful force for good”. Staff at Britain’s best-selling newspaper told the Leveson inquiry in London that they had seen no evidence that the The Sun was guilty…

Twitter admits verifying account spoofing Murdoch’s wife

Twitter announced on Tuesday that it had mistakenly verified an account spoofing Wendi Deng, the wife of conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch. “We can confirm that the @wendi_deng account was mistakenly verified for a short period of time and apologize for the confusion this caused,” the site’s communication team tweeted.…

Murdoch paper’s hacking victims total 800: police

The police said Saturday the final number of victims of phone hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World will be around 800 people, far fewer than originally thought. The Scotland Yard officer leading the investigation into the scandal at the now-defunct tabloid said police had been in touch with…

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