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Changes in Murdoch’s Media Empire Amid Hacking Scandal

Changes in Murdoch’s Media Empire Amid Hacking Scandal

After taking a tour of the newsroom of The Sun, his second British tabloid to be investigated on allegations of corruption and illegal practices (in particular, email hacking), Rupert Murdoch has announced that, for the first time next Sunday, The Sun will publish a Sunday edition.

Notably, Murdoch’s elder son Lachlan accompanied him as he visited the offices of The Sun. Once considered the heir apparent to take the reins of his father’s media empire, Lachlan fell from grace after clashing with Fox News’s Roger Ailes in 2005 and has spent the past years in Australia while his younger brother James became the Deputy Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation and the Chairman and CEO of News International. But James Murdoch has not fared well in the phone hacking scandal that led to his father shuttering the News of the World tabloid last July after it was revealed that that tabloid’s staff had hacked the voice mail of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

Some senior NoW staff will be working at the new Sunday edition of The Sun. Only about 20 out of some 200 employees have remained with News International, while 89 have taken buyouts.

The hacking scandal has led to three investigations of corruption not only by the paper’s staff, with editors and journalists at all levels arrested, but also of London’s Metropolitan police, some of whom have been arrested for receiving payments from the tabloids. The British government has also launched the Leveson inquiry into the ethics of the press, with testimony given from over 60 public figures including J.K. Rowling, Hugh Grant, Heather Mills, Charlotte Church and many other politicians and celebrities.

As the Guardian notes, the new edition of The Sun will be launched the day before Church takes News International to court over allegations of phone hacking.

While Murdoch has remained defiant as ever amid the steadily increasing allegations of illegal practices in his media empire — News Corp. has paid out $87 million in costs related to the ongoing phone hacking investigation — perhaps the scandal has made even him grateful for a bit of help from on high. As he tweeted on Sunday, February 19, ”Miracles do happen! Sun shining in London.”

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4:29PM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Did Murdoch know that his reporters were breaking the law when they sought ever more salacious stories for his newspapers - being the meglomaniac he is - of course he did - should he be arrested - of course he should - should his new `newspaper` the Sun on Sunday deserve to fail miserably - oh I hope so I really hope so - that would wipe the sickly smile from his face - hit him where it hurts his pride and his fat money wallet

6:35AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Freedom of the press to report = yes . But should the "press" in the form of stinkers like Murdoch be free to infuence politics and politicians to their own advantage ? Free to follow their own agenda in seeking to influence public opinion for their own ends?

A free press must also be a totally impartial one, publishing the FACTS and letting us make up our own minds. Sadly it is a well known fact that a great many journalists never let the facts get in the way of a sensational story.

1:36AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Spot on Ray! I couldn’t agree more Nicola and Thom is absolutely right; without a free press we would be subject to even more lies and secrecy from upon high.

12:55AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Thank you.

8:36PM PST on Feb 21, 2012

Thank you.

7:55PM PST on Feb 21, 2012

i don't even buy t.v. guide anymore because it is owned by murdoch.

2:02PM PST on Feb 21, 2012


1:13PM PST on Feb 21, 2012

Ultra conservative billionaire Murdock, et al, shouldn't be allowed to run any form of media after this criminal and outrageous scandal. FAUX News is nothing but highly paid pimps spitting out their venomous lies on the American people. What's more disturbing and scary are the listening public who actually believe these lies. Oh, I forgot, God is on their side.

1:03PM PST on Feb 21, 2012

He doesn't give a crap, if he isn't arrested he will continue doing his thing

12:46PM PST on Feb 21, 2012

In Australia the Murdoch press run blatant campaigns against green and Labor politicians - constant critical articles , unflattering photos , cartoons - relentless and so obvious.
We have a battle here about narrowing media ownership and Murdoch doesn't like anything that will cramp his political agenda !
Looking at billionaires - when is enough enough - when are they rich enough - when are they powerful enough ? - leave something for others.

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