Britain should set up an independent media regulator in response to wrongdoing including News Corp.’s phone-hacking scandal, a judge said after a press-ethics probe, assuaging publishers’ concerns over mandatory oversight.
Andy Coulson, the former press chief to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, won an appeal forcing News Corp. to pay his legal fees in phone-hacking and bribery cases linked to his editorship at the News of the World tabloid.
Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive officer of News Corp.’s U.K. unit, and Andy Coulson, who edited the company’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid, were charged in a bribery probe, police in London said.
Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News Corp.’s U.K. newspaper operations, was given a payout package worth about 7 million pounds ($11.3 million) after stepping down amid the unit’s phone-hacking scandal, according to a person familiar with the matter.
News Corp.’s News International Chief Executive Officer Rebekah Brooks discussed her resignation yesterday with News Corp. Deputy Chief Operating Officer James Murdoch, spokeswoman Daisy Dunlop said by telephone today. Brooks did not offer to resign, Dunlop said.
News Corp. Chief Executive Officer Rupert Murdoch, still coping with a phone-hacking scandal that erupted at the company’s U.K. papers last year, faces renewed calls from shareholders today to step down as chairman.
News Corp.’s British publishing unit won a court ruling to avoid giving victims of its tabloid phone- hacking scandal swathes of new internal e-mail and other evidence ahead of a civil trial scheduled to start next year.
Journalists at Rupert Murdoch’s best-selling Sun tabloid in Britain are paying for a culture of bribery that may have been an industry standard until scrutiny from News Corp.’s phone-hacking scandal put an end to it.