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News Corp. reshuffles board of directors

NEW YORK — News Corp., which is embroiled in a phone-hacking scandal in Britain, announced a reshuffle of its board of directors on Friday. In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the media and entertainment giant also said News Corp. chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch received…

Google, Fox News to host Republican debate

WASHINGTON — Internet giant Google is teaming up with Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News to host a debate among the Republican candidates for US president and giving the public the opportunity to ask questions. The Fox News/Google Debate will be held in Orlando, Florida, on September 22 and will be hosted…

Rupert and James Murdoch called to testify again, this time under oath

Shortly after their first round of testimony before British Parliament in July, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch and son James were already issuing revisions to what they’d told lawmakers about the company’s hacking scandals. After two former News Corp. employees pointed to inaccuracies in their testimony, James Murdoch admitted he…

DOJ probes alleged News Corp. 9/11 victim hacking

US authorities have launched a probe into possible phone hacking of September 11, 2001 victims by News Corp. journalists, victims’ relatives have been told, according to a Justice Department official. During a 75-minute “initial” meeting with about 10 people whose relatives died during the terrorist attacks in New York, US…

British PM’s top aide was on News Corp. payroll while working for government

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, at the centre of phone hacking claims, was still being paid by the tabloid’s owners while employed as the Conservative Party’s media chief, the BBC said. Coulson received several hundred thousand pounds in severance pay after he began work in July 2007…

News Corp execs expect James Murdoch ouster

NEW YORK (Reuters) – News Corp’s senior management is starting to think about what the company might do if James Murdoch stepped aside, sources inside and close to the global media empire said. With Rupert Murdoch’s younger son under increasing pressure from the phone-hacking scandal enveloping the company, News Corp…

Top Hollywood editor for News of the World arrested in hacking probe

The News Corp. hacking scandals may have just come to U.S. shores. James Desborough, the former Los Angeles editor for News of the World who’d previously won awards for his show business coverage in London, has been arrested by authorities investigating allegations of criminal hacking and rampant corruption. Desborough is…

Top Met officers cleared over hacking scandal

LONDON — Britain’s police watchdog on Wednesday cleared the country’s former top officer of misconduct over an investigation by his force into phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid. Paul Stephenson quit as head of London’s Metropolitan Police last month amid evidence of the force’s links to Rupert…

James Murdoch admits News Corp. paid off convicted criminal

The son of Rupert Murdoch has admitted in a letter to British lawmakers that he authorized large payments to a convicted criminal, seemingly in exchange for his silence about his company’s activities. Under questioning by members of Parliament last month, James Murdoch, CEO of News International, said he was not…

Reporter claimed News Corp. phone hacking was ‘widely discussed’ at meetings

A letter sent to top News Corporation officials in 2007 (PDF), published Tuesday by the British Parliament, accuses high ranking executives and other journalists at the now-defunct News of the World of actively discussing phone hacking efforts during editorial meetings, and calls into question the testimony of Rupert and James…

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