Rebekah Brooks told a London court that News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch asked her not to resign from her post running the company’s U.K. newspaper unit at the height of the phone-hacking scandal in July 2011.
News Corp.’s Simon Greenberg, a member of an internal panel tasked with reviewing phone hacking at the News of the World and the company’s other U.K. newspapers, once oversaw a reporter at another publication arrested last week in a police probe.
If there was any doubt about the gravity of the mission facing the three members of News Corp.’s management-and-standards committee, board member Viet Dinh dispelled it at a meeting held a year ago in a 13th-floor conference room with a panoramic view of London.
Simon Greenberg, corporate affairs director of News Corp.’s U.K. unit News International told Sky News in an interview that calls for News International Chief Executive Officer Rebekah Brooks to go were “clearly” part of a “political agenda” that encompassed the News Corp. deal to buy the 61 percent of British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc that it doesn’t already own.
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. Chairman Rupert Murdoch and his sons Lachlan and James were sued in Manhattan federal court by a shareholder who says the phone-hacking scandal damaged the company and who described their actions as “damning.”