The phone-hacking scandal at News Corp.’s U.K. newspapers simmered for nearly five years before erupting on the national scene in July 2011 amid the discovery that journalists had hacked the phone of a murdered schoolgirl.
That fateful summer’s day, Rebekah Brooks was at a fertility clinic in London with her cousin, who was to be a surrogate mother for the News Corp. executive after several failed attempts to have a child.
She didn’t know her newspaper had hired a private detective to hack the phone of a teenage murder victim. She entered into an affair with her deputy mostly because her other relationships were going through a “car crash.” She tried to implicate senior company executives in the scandal to protect herself. Her mistakes were due to her youth.
The two-year-old Wall Street Journal weekend magazine and the newspaper’s daily New York City section are profitable, according to Les Hinton , chief executive officer of News Corp. ’s Dow Jones division.
Les Hinton, chief executive officer of News Corp.’s Dow Jones & Co. unit, said he is resigning, the media company’s second executive to step down today amid accusations of phone hacking by its journalists.