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.
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.
News Corp.’s British publishing unit said it’s aware London police are considering whether corporate charges may be brought against its board over phone hacking at its now-defunct News of the World tabloid.
News Corp.’s Sun newspaper had a “culture” of corrupt payments to public officials and paid one source more than 80,000 pounds ($127,000), the police officer in charge of probes into bribery and phone hacking said.
Journalists at Rupert Murdoch’s best-selling Sun tabloid in Britain are paying for a culture of bribery that may have been an industry standard until scrutiny from News Corp.’s phone-hacking scandal put an end to it.
British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc gained approval to keep its broadcast license, a U.K. regulator ruled, while criticizing board member James Murdoch’s reaction to phone-hacking revelations at News Corp., which owns 39 percent of the country’s biggest pay-TV operator.