News Corp.’s position that phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid was limited to a rogue reporter became “shaky” after the discovery of a 2005 e-mail showed the practice was widespread, Rebekah Brooks, the former head of the company’s U.K. unit, testified today.
Tony Blair offered to unofficially advise Rebekah Brooks and News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch at the height of the phone-hacking scandal in 2011 that led to the closure of the News of the World tabloid, prosecutors said.
Colin Myler, former editor of the Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World tabloid shuttered amid a hacking scandal in July, was appointed editor-in-chief of The New York Daily News, according to an internal memo.
Four former News Corp. executives testify in the U.K. Parliament tomorrow after questioning the veracity of parts of News International Deputy Chief Operating Officer James Murdoch’s testimony over a phone-hacking scandal two months ago.
Former News of the World editor Colin Myler and the newspaper’s former lawyer, Tom Crone, may face action over evidence they gave to Parliament should U.K. lawmakers decide they failed to tell the truth on phone hacking.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy said they’ll press for closer euro-area economic integration with tougher deficit rules and stricter supervision to stamp out the debt crisis.
News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch is “not a fit person” to lead a major international company, U.K. lawmakers said, after his British unit misled Parliament about the extent of phone hacking at its News of the World tabloid.