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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…

Leveson inquiry into press ethics opens

The Leveson inquiry into the ethics of the British press opened on Monday with the judge vowing to find out “who guards the guardians” in the wake of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. Some four months after a flood of hacking allegations shocked the nation and prompted the closure of…

Report: News Corp. spied on Prince William

LONDON (Reuters) – The News of the World, the now-defunct tabloid at the center of the News Corp phone-hacking scandal, paid a private eye to spy on Prince William and a host of other high-profile people, the BBC said on Tuesday. The report, based on an interview with the detective,…

Shake-up sees Murdoch become chair of Australian arm

Rupert Murdoch said Wednesday he will take over as chairman of his Australian arm News Limited with current chairman and chief executive John Hartigan stepping down in a major shake-up at the top. Murdoch, 80, will replace Hartigan in the role with Kim Williams, currently head of Foxtel, a News Corp joint venture that isAustralia’s largest pay television company, taking on…

News of the World spied on huge scale: report

LONDON — News of the World engaged in covert surveillance on a huge scale, targeting figures including Prince William and ex-footballer Gary Lineker, a report said Thursday. Private investigator Derek Webb told the BBC that he was hired by the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid and paid to follow more than 90…

Report: News Corp. hired investigators to spy on hacking victims’ lawyers

U.S.-based media conglomorate News Corporation owned News of the World hired private investigator’s to spy on the lawyers representing the victims of their phone hacking, according to an exclusive report from The Guardian. The clandestine surveillance of the two lawyers, Mark Lewis and Charlotte Harris, and their families, was an attempt by the News…

News Corp. journalist arrested for allegedly paying off police

News International set out details on Friday of its compensation scheme for victims of phone hacking, as one of the firm’s journalists was arrested for paying police. The British newspaper arm of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation media empire said the scheme, first announced in April, was a “speedy, cost effective…

News of the World phone-hack scandal claimed 5,800 victims

LONDON — Almost 5,800 victims are now thought to have been targeted in the phone-hacking scandal at the now defunct News of the World tabloid, police said Thursday. Officers from Operation Weeting, the body set up to investigate the affair, believe that 5,795 people may have had their voicemail messages…

Phone-hacking scandal disrupts Murdoch succession

NEW YORK — The phone-hacking scandal brought simmering tensions in the Murdoch clan to the fore and disrupted a succession plan to News Corp. chief executive Rupert Murdoch, according to an article in the upcoming edition of Vanity Fair. Vanity Fair, in the December issue of the magazine, also reported…

News of the World warnings went back to 2008: documents

LONDON — Aides to Rupert Murdoch were warned as far back as 2008 that there was a culture of illegal voicemail hacking at the News of the World tabloid, according to documents released in Britain on Tuesday. The warnings by a senior legal advisor to the British newspaper arm of…

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