Phone hacking at the now-shuttered tabloid News of the World was not at all the work of one “rogue” reporter as the paper’s editors and News Corporation executives have insisted. London’s Metropolitan police have revealed that, after reviewing some 11,000 pages of notes seized from NoW private investigator Glenn Mulcaire’s house, some 5,795 people could be possible victims of phone hacking. That is, it is likely that phone hacking occurred on an “industrial scale” at the NoW, also in contradiction to Assistant Commissioner John Yates’s initial statement that “hundreds, not thousands” were potential victims.
Indeed, in June 2008, a company lawyer for News International, the UK-based News Corp. subsidiary, warned senior executives that “at least three” of its journalists were engaged in a †”culture of illegal information access.” Executives were also informed that it would be†”extremely damaging” to the NoW if such information were revealed to the court as part of a legal action brought against the company by†Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, whose lawyers had found evidence of phone hacking. The†NoW‘s legal counsel, Tom Crone, received this information on June 3, 2008;††James Murdoch,†third in command at his father Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.,†had approved a†payment of £425,000 plus costs to Taylor in order to, in effect, buy his silence, in June of 2008.
On Tuesday, News International said that Murdoch had not seen the lawyer’s statements.†But the new revelations raise further doubts about James Murdoch’s claims about what he knew, and what he did not know, about the practice of phone hacking at NoW.††The lawyer’s opinion is likely to be referred to next week, when Murdoch will appear before a parliamentary culture, media and sport committee for a second time.
Murdoch Family Therapy
As revelations about the extent of the phone hacking scandal have emerged, so has mention of the friction within the Murdoch clan, especially in regard to the question to which of Rupert Murdoch’s four adult children might take the helm of the company.
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