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.
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.
Money alone may not be enough for actress Sienna Miller and the more than 20 other celebrities and politicians suing Rupert Murdoch ’s News of the World newspaper over phone hacking to end their search for the truth.
Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator jailed in 2007 for intercepting voice-mail messages while working for News Corp.’s defunct News of the World tabloid, sued the company, which had stopped paying his legal fees.
Before Rebekah Brooks was arrested last year over her role in the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal, she staved off a police threat of obstruction charges related to the company unit she headed, according to two people familiar with the matter.
News Corp. and the former private investigator who hacked phones for the News of the World tabloid were sued in Britain by a criminal-defense lawyer who newspapers said in 2007 had an affair with the country’s chief prosecutor.