Friday, 19 August 2011

World of Murdoch problems broaden

Could the 13th individual arrested over the News of the World hacking scandal finally be the one to bring Rupert Murdoch's empire unstuck?

James Desborough was the News of the World's US editor until the paper closed last month, a position he's held since April 2009. The charges are believed to relate to events prior to Desborough's arrival in the US.
He joined News of the World as a news reporter with a focus on show business in 2005. In 2009 he was named "showbiz reporter of the year" at the British Press Awards with the judges praising his ability to produce "a series of uncompromising scoops which mean no celebrity with secrets can sleep easy".
The FBI has already investigated allegations that victims of the 9/11 attacks had their phone hacked by News of the World journalists, but has so far been unable to find any "hard evidence" of that occurring. However, US authorizes are continuing to investigate alleged misconduct at News Corp's US based operations.

Meanwhile, News Corp has warned in its annual report that it's unable to predict the ultimate cost of the phone-hacking scandal with reference to continued investigations in the US and the UK.
"UK and US regulators and governmental authorities are conducting investigations after allegations of phone hacking and inappropriate payments to police at our former publication, News of the World, and other related matters, including investigations into whether similar conduct may have occurred at the company's subsidiaries outside of the UK," the report stated.
"The company is co-operating fully with these investigations. It is possible that these proceedings could damage our reputation and might impair our ability to conduct our business."
The Power Index, by Angela Priestley

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