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.
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.
Last July when London prosecutors claim Rebekah Brooks was attempting to hide seven boxes of relevant evidence from a police probe, the former top lieutenant of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. was dealing with the crisis point of the phone-hacking scandal under investigation.
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.
News Corp., which closed its U.K. News of the World tabloid this year following a phone-hacking scandal, said its Management and Standards Committee is investigating the company’s three other British newspapers.
News Corp. is reviewing e-mails and interviewing reporters at its remaining U.K. titles for signs employees might have hacked into voice mails or e-mails, or hired private detectives improperly, two people familiar with the investigation said.