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  • Rebekah Brooks in triumphant return to Murdoch empire as News UK chief exec …
    Rebekah Brooks in triumphant return to Murdoch empire as News UK chief exec … 21 hours ago

    Rebekah Brooks has been appointed chief executive of News UK four years after she resigned from News Corp in the wake of the phone hacking scandal. Brooks, who was cleared of all charges in the News of the World (NotW) phone hacking trial, will replace Mike Darcey, who became chief executive in 2012, with former Daily Telegraph editor Tony Gallagher being appointed editor-in-chief of the Sun. More »

  • News Corp Confirms Rebekah Brooks Return to Run British Newspapers
    News Corp Confirms Rebekah Brooks Return to Run British Newspapers 21 hours ago

    Rebekah Brooks, the Rupert Murdoch protegee cleared last year of criminal wrongdoing in one of the biggest media scandals to hit Britain, will return to her old job running News Corp's British newspaper arm next week. Brooks, who worked her way up from the bottom of Murdoch's media empire to become one of the most influential people in Britain, quit as chief executive in 2011 after her now defunct News of the World tabloid admitted hacking into thousands of phones to generate front page stories. A televised inquiry which ran through 2011 and 2012 exposed the close ties between senior executives at Murdoch's newspapers, the police and leading politicians, including Prime Minister David Cameron. More »

  • Confirmed: Rebekah Brooks is back in charge of The Sunday Times and The Sun
    Confirmed: Rebekah Brooks is back in charge of The Sunday Times and The Sun 21 hours ago

    She left the organisation in 2011 and received a €22 million payoff. More »

  • Ex-tabloid editor Brooks returns as News Corp UK chief
    Ex-tabloid editor Brooks returns as News Corp UK chief 22 hours ago

    British ex-editor Rebekah Brooks, the fiery redhead who resigned over a tabloid phone-hacking scandal, will return to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp as head of its UK division, the company said on Wednesday. More »

  • Brooks Back At News UK As Sun Gets New Editor
    Brooks Back At News UK As Sun Gets New Editor 22 hours ago

    Rebekah Brooks is to return to her job running News Corporation's British newspaper arm after being cleared of involvement in the phone hacking scandal. The company said she would resume her role as News UK chief executive from Monday, four years after she stood down from the role at News International following the closure of the News of the World. She was cleared of all criminal charges relating to phone hacking in a trial that ended just over a year ago and will replace Mike Darcey, who has led News UK for three years. More »

  • UK prosecutors mull charges for News Corp. over hacking
    UK prosecutors mull charges for News Corp. over hacking Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    British prosecutors say they are considering corporate charges against Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. over phone hacking at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid. The news comes amid reports that former ... More »

  • Hacked Off criticises Rebekah Brooks' 'News International return …
    Hacked Off criticises Rebekah Brooks' 'News International return … Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Media reform campaigners have slammed former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks' reported return to the newspaper publisher's top job. More »

  • Rebekah Brooks returning to News Corp as head of UK operations
    Rebekah Brooks returning to News Corp as head of UK operations Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Rebekah Brooks is returning to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp as head of the company's UK division, four years after she resigned from the company amid a phone-hacking scandal. Brooks resigned in 2011 after a phone-hacking scandal, involving the interception of voicemails on mobile phones. News Corp-owned daily News of the World was shut down following the scandal. More »

  • Rebekah Brooks to return as News Corp UK chief executive: report
    Rebekah Brooks to return as News Corp UK chief executive: report Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Rebekah Brooks will return to her former position as chief executive of the UK division at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, the Financial Times reported More »

  • Murdoch company executives could face corporate charges over phone hacking
    Murdoch company executives could face corporate charges over phone hacking Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Top executives at Rupert Murdoch's publishing company could face corporate criminal charges over phone hacking, it has emerged. More »

  • Rebekah Brooks returning to News Corp as UK chief - FT
    Rebekah Brooks returning to News Corp as UK chief - FT Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Rebekah Brooks will return to her old job heading Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper division, the Financial Times reported, just over a year after being cleared of criminal charges in a phone-hacking scandal. Reuters reported in March that Brooks, the former editor of the News of the World tabloid and seen as Murdoch's protege, was in talks about returning to News Corp. "As we ‎have said, we have been having discussions with Rebekah Brooks and when we have any announcements to make we will let you know," a News Corp spokesman said on Friday. News UK, which covers Murdoch's British newspaper titles, declined further comment. More »

  • Prosecutors mull corporate charge over phone-hacking at Murdoch papers
    Prosecutors mull corporate charge over phone-hacking at Murdoch papers Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Prosecutors said on Friday they had received a file of evidence relating to the police investigation of phone-hacking at Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper group and would be considering a possible corporate prosecution. The phone-hacking scandal first began in 2006 when the former royal editor of Rupert Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World, Clive Goodman, and his investigator Glenn Mulcaire, admitted they had hacked the phones of royal aides. As the scale of revelations grew, police launched a wider investigation into hacking under the codename Operation Weeting in 2011 that eventually led to the jailing for 18 months of the paper's ex-editor Andy Coulson and the conviction of five of its journalists. More »

  • Ashley Madison: Cheating website data leak victims seek damages from Avid Life …
    Ashley Madison: Cheating website data leak victims seek damages from Avid Life … Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    The first victims of the Ashely Madison hacking scandal have started contacting UK law firms as they consider seeking damages from Avid Life Media, the cheating website's parent company. Interest in UK litigation against Ashley Madison, after details of more than a million British clients were leaked to the internet, comes on the heels of five multimillion dollar class actions pending certification in the US and Canada. In Canada a named plaintiff is seeking CA$573 in a class action. More »

  • Scandal and hypocrisy British-style in a tale of two speakers
    Scandal and hypocrisy British-style in a tale of two speakers Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    In the first, John Sewel, a lord and the deputy speaker of the House of Lords, the upper chamber, was filmed snorting what The Sun on Sunday newspaper said was cocaine with two prostitutes. In the second, a freedom of information request showed that John Bercow, the speaker of the lower house of parliament, the House of Commons, had made a series of startling expenses claims that raised questions about his use of public funds. Lord Sewel was in charge of standards and discipline in the upper chamber, while Bercow has lectured students on the need for probity among lawmakers and helped oversee the introduction of more transparent standards after a devastating parliamentary expenses scandal in 2009. More »

  • Could ‘glam new face of BBC politics’ Laura Kuenssberg be secret weapon in Auntie’s …
    Could ‘glam new face of BBC politics’ Laura Kuenssberg be secret weapon in Auntie’s … Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    ‘Glam new face of BBC politics,’ the Daily Mail’s headline purred, while The Telegraph splashed a leggy photo of Laura Kuenssberg beneath mostly benign words. If the warm, rather than usually withering, front-page reactions by two of the public broadcaster’s fiercest media critics are anything to go by, the Beeb’s appointment of its first female political editor has been a masterstroke in its fight for survival. Beyond the basic charms approved of by newspaper editors with 1950s mindsets, Italian-born and Glaswegian-raised Kuenssberg is also an excellent journalist with a deep intellect, powerful interviewing skills and a laudable ability to be impartial – something her predecessor Nick Robinson was sometimes accused of lacking. More »

  • Garda commissioner rejects claims journalists’ phones are being tapped
    Garda commissioner rejects claims journalists’ phones are being tapped Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Noirín O’Sullivan was talking about the relationship between the gardaí and the media. More »

  • Ex-tabloid editor Coulson faces $234,000 phone hacking bill Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    A former tabloid editor who also served as British Prime Minister David Cameron's communications chief has been ordered to pay 150,000 pounds ($234,000) toward the costs of his trial for phone hacking ... More »

  • Trinity Mirror executive arrested in UK phone-hacking inquiry Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    An executive from Britain's Trinity Mirror newspaper group was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a police investigation into allegations of phone-hacking by journalists on the publisher's papers. London police said detectives from Operation Golding, an investigation into hacking at the Mirror group, had arrested a 47-year-old journalist "on suspicion of conspiracy to unlawfully intercept communications". Trinity Mirror confirmed a member of staff had been detained and a person familiar with the situation confirmed it was Lee Harpin, the agenda editor for the group's national titles. More »

  • Final News of the World journalist sentenced over hacking
    Final News of the World journalist sentenced over hacking Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Four years after a phone-hacking scandal sank the News of the World, the last of the tabloid's journalists to face charges has been sentenced. A judge on Monday gave ex-features editor Jules Stenson a ... More »

  • Convicted NotW man hits at Coulson
    Convicted NotW man hits at Coulson Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    The last News of the World journalist to be punished in the long-running phone hacking saga heaped blame on his former boss Andy Coulson as he walked free from court. More »

  • Phone Hacking: Ex-NOTW Deputy Not Guilty
    Phone Hacking: Ex-NOTW Deputy Not Guilty Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Former News of the World deputy editor Neil Wallis has been found not guilty of being part of the phone hacking plot at the paper. Mr Wallis, who broke down in tears when the verdict was announced, was accused of being part of the scandal which caused the Sunday tabloid to shut down in 2011. Speaking outside court, Mr Wallis said the case, part of what he claimed was a "politically-driven campaign", had "ruined" his life, and added: "I just want to say I will never get over this. More »

  • News of the World ex-deputy cleared over phone-hacking
    News of the World ex-deputy cleared over phone-hacking Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    The former deputy editor of Britain's News of the World tabloid, which media tycoon Rupert Murdoch closed down four years ago over phone-hacking, was on Wednesday cleared of involvement in the practice. More »

  • Ex-senior News of the World editor cleared of phone hacking
    Ex-senior News of the World editor cleared of phone hacking Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    The former deputy editor of the News of the World has been acquitted of conspiring to hack phones when he worked at the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid. Neil Wallis broke down in tears as a London jury announced ... More »

  • 15 thoughts we all had watching the final Top Gear with Clarkson, Hammond and …
    15 thoughts we all had watching the final Top Gear with Clarkson, Hammond and … Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    As the episode got to Yorkshire, viewers knew there was little left of Jeremy’s Top Gear career. More »

  • More Cuts At Trinity Mirror As Revenue Falls
    More Cuts At Trinity Mirror As Revenue Falls Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Trinity Mirror intends to further slash the amount of money it spends in 2015, after predicting an 11% fall in revenue for the first half of the year. A "challenging revenue environment" has led the media group to raise its target for savings to £20m, compared with the original goal of £10m in March 2015. The media group, which publishes titles including the Liverpool Echo and Manchester Evening News, believes full-year profits will still be in line with expectations. More »

  • Trinity Mirror warns on revenue, to cut costs further
    Trinity Mirror warns on revenue, to cut costs further Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    (Reuters) - British newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror Plc said it was targeting to double cost savings for the year from its earlier plans as weak print advertising took a toll on first-half revenue. The company, which has been battling lower advertising rates at the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror, said it targeted cost savings of 20 million pounds this year compared with its previous target of 10 million pounds, to protect profit. The higher cost-savings target would, however, increase restructuring expenses by about 5 million pounds to 15 million pounds, Trinity Mirror said. More »

  • BBC must have confidence in itself if it's to survive coming battle with …
    BBC must have confidence in itself if it's to survive coming battle with … Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    One of the ironies of the BBC is that it conducts its battles with government so nervously, given their comparative levels of public trust. As poll after poll shows, people don’t trust the government, but they do trust, and like, the BBC. More »

  • Rupert Murdoch hands Fox CEO job to son James
    Rupert Murdoch hands Fox CEO job to son James Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Media mogul Rupert Murdoch (L) laughs with his son James Murdoch (R) on March 18, 2010 More »

  • A look at the Murdoch boys' club: Who's in and out
    A look at the Murdoch boys' club: Who's in and out Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    Sibling rivalries. A quest for power. An affair. A scandal. The turbulent lives of 84-year-old billionaire Rupert Murdoch and his heirs returned to the spotlight this week as the aging magnate took steps ... More »

  • Murdoch brothers' symbiotic ties to be tested in Fox cockpit
    Murdoch brothers' symbiotic ties to be tested in Fox cockpit Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Now James and Lachlan Murdoch, octogenarian media baron Rupert's only sons, are teaming up at the helm of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc , the crown jewel of the empire their father built. James Murdoch, 42, is set to be elevated to chief executive of the entertainment company that is home to "The Simpsons" and movie franchises like "Planet of the Apes." Lachlan, 43, will become co-executive chairman with his father as executive chair, a source familiar with the situation said on Thursday, describing the arrangement as a partnership between the brothers. Investors say the brothers' ability to work together is one of the keys to Fox's future. More »

  • A Short History of Rupert Murdoch's Heirs Apparent
    A Short History of Rupert Murdoch's Heirs Apparent Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    There’s a great deal that’s still unclear about the change—for example, when it will happen and exactly what role James Murdoch will play. James Murdoch, 42, seems to have survived a near-death experience as head of News International, the British division of the company. 1997: Rupert Murdoch states that Lachlan Murdoch is “first among equals” in the race to succeed him. More »

  • Murdoch's sons to become CEO, co-chair at 21st Century Fox
    Murdoch's sons to become CEO, co-chair at 21st Century Fox Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Rupert Murdoch will soon hand over the reins of the media dynasty that began with his father's Australian newspaper nearly a century ago to his sons. The specific timing of the handoff of 21st Century ... More »

  • Rupert Murdoch puts two sons in succession plan
    Rupert Murdoch puts two sons in succession plan Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    (L-R) Lachlan Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch and James Murdoch attend The Television Academy's 23rd Hall Of Fame Induction Gala on March 11, 2014, in Beverly Hills, California More »

  • Bio snapshots of Rupert, James and Lachlan Murdoch
    Bio snapshots of Rupert, James and Lachlan Murdoch Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    NAME: Rupert Murdoch AGE: 84 CURRENT TITLE: CEO and chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox and executive chairman of News Corp. FUTURE TITLE: Executive chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox and News Corp. ... More »

  • News Corp. and Fox, Murdoch's multi-media empire
    News Corp. and Fox, Murdoch's multi-media empire Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Rupert Murdoch, who is to step down as chief executive of 21st Century Fox, the media and entertainment conglomerate, still sits at the top of a massive empire. More »