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.
Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc. agreed to boost its stake in YES Network to 80 percent, taking control of the regional sports channel that carries New York Yankees baseball games two years sooner than planned.
James Murdoch, News Corp.’s deputy chief operating officer, stepped down as chairman of pay-TV company British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc following demands he resign over his role in a U.K. phone-hacking scandal.
As Rupert Murdoch testifies this week before a judge-led inquiry into media ethics, strict security is in place to protect him from agitators like the man who shoved a foam pie in his face when he made a similar appearance before Parliament.
Rupert Murdoch told a U.K. media- ethics inquiry that he “failed” to prevent the phone-hacking scandal at News Corp.’s News of the World tabloid and blamed employees and lawyers for covering up the crime.
James Murdoch, the News Corp. executive whose leadership has been called into question over phone hacking at the company’s U.K. unit, continued to blame his subordinates in testimony to a media-ethics inquiry.