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.
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.”
News Corp.’s News International unit has “found significant, new information” regarding allegations that its News of the World tabloid hacked into the voicemail of murdered schoolgirl, Milly Dowler, Sky News reported, citing an interview with Simon Greenberg, corporate affairs director of the company’s U.K. unit.
U.K. lawmakers will debate calls for an urgent public inquiry into phone-hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World as allegations mounted that the newspaper tapped the voicemails of murder victims and their families and paid police officers for stories.
News Corp.’s British publishing unit faces two lawsuits over the July firing of a tabloid editor at the behest of the board-appointed committee probing phone- hacking and other illegal tactics by the company’s journalists.
News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch is struggling to control the destiny of the company he began building six decades ago after a trusted deputy was arrested and Scotland Yard’s top official quit over ties to a suspect in the phone-hacking probe.
A former editor at News Corp.’s Sun tabloid in Britain said he was wrongfully fired after e-mails “of interest to the police” were found on his computer during an internal probe of phone-hacking by journalists.