The Murdoch Media Scandal

UK: The Sky takeover deal and the rehabilitation of Rupert Murdoch

By Thomas Scripps, 31 December 2016

Less than six years after the phone-hacking scandal involving the News of the World, the media oligarch Rupert Murdoch and his Fox corporation are set to take over UK TV company Sky.

No further prosecutions in UK phone hacking scandal

By Robert Stevens, 18 December 2015

Over the last four years, every effort was made to ensure that Murdoch and his flunkeys would escape justice.

Rupert Murdoch rehabilitates disgraced CEO Rebekah Brooks

By Paul Mitchell, 12 September 2015

Brooks resumes control at News UK just a year after a trial revealing heinous crimes carried out under her leadership at Murdoch’s British operations.

News of the World hacking trial ends: Scandal still poses threat to Britain’s ruling elite

By Robert Stevens, 27 June 2014

Despite the end of this week’s trial, the News of the World hacking scandal is far from over and still poses a significant threat to Britain’s ruling elite.

Tony Blair offered aid to Murdoch in phone-hacking scandal

By Julie Hyland, 24 February 2014

Tony Blair offered to help the Murdoch media empire just a week after the News of the World was forced to close for being involved in criminality on an “industrial scale.”

Murdoch’s Politics—An ex-Stalinist in awe of Rupert Murdoch, Part I

By Dave Hyland, 1 February 2014

A two-part review of Murdoch’s Politics—How one man’s thirst for wealth and power shapes our world, David McKnight, Pluto Press.

Evidence presented against former editors Coulson and Brooks in News of the World trial

By Robert Stevens, 8 November 2013

The prosecution explained that Rebekah Brooks attempted to conceal evidence of criminality by deleting email records and destroying her own journalistic notebooks.

News of the World phone-hacking trial begins in UK

By Robert Stevens, 4 November 2013

Defendants and former editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are close to Prime Minister David Cameron.

Sun newspaper deputy editor charged, Trinity Mirror journalists arrested

UK phone-hacking scandal spreads

By Dave Hyland, 22 March 2013

As more details of criminal activity by the Rupert Murdoch-owned News International emerge, further arrests of senior journalists are made at Mirror Group Newspapers.

Fresh arrests in UK’s News International phone-hacking scandal

By Dave Hyland, 21 February 2013

Rupert Murdoch’s attempt to distance himself from the illegal phone-hacking scandal engulfing his media empire has suffered a serious setback.

UK police officer found guilty of trying to sell information to News of the World

By Dave Hyland, 23 January 2013

The fallout from the investigation ignited by phone-hacking and other illegal activities at Rupert Murdoch’s News International continues.

Leveson whitewash of Murdoch’s UK media empire

By Julie Hyland, 6 December 2012

The Leveson report on British press standards is a cover-up of the criminality in the political and media establishment and the police that underlies the Murdoch phone-hacking scandal.

Leveson report whitewashes collusion in media’s criminal activity

By Robert Stevens, 1 December 2012

The Leveson inquiry meant to address the criminal practices of the Murdoch media empire has instead produced a cover-up of epic proportions.

Former aide to British PM criminally charged in Murdoch phone-hacking scandal

By Robert Stevens, 25 July 2012

Former editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, both closely tied to Prime Minister David Cameron, are among eight people facing criminal prosecution for their involvement in the Murdoch phone hacking scandal.

Rupert Murdoch rows with former editor over deals with UK politicians

By Dave Hyland, 14 July 2012

A public fallout between Rupert Murdoch and the best-known of his past editors dominated the Leveson Inquiry into the ethics, culture and practices of the British media.

Fresh arrests of police, journalists, public officials in UK hacking/bribery scandal

By Dave Hyland, 9 July 2012

There were further arrests this week in connection to the illegal payments and phone hacking scandal that has rocked the British political establishment.

Britain’s Leveson Inquiry hit by allegations of political interference

By Dave Hyland and Julie Hyland, 30 June 2012

The Leveson Inquiry, established in the wake of the phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, was hit last week by a row over political interference.

Murdoch’s News Ltd intensifies media restructuring in Australia

By Mike Head, 21 June 2012

News Ltd yesterday unveiled a sweeping re-organisation, shifting its axis away from newspapers to pay-TV and digital publishing.

UK Prime Minister Cameron given kid gloves treatment at Leveson inquiry

By Julie Hyland, 18 June 2012

The Leveson Inquiry into press standards descended into farce this week, with the appearance of Prime Minister David Cameron.

Former UK prime minister’s aide Andy Coulson charged with perjury

By Dave Hyland, 4 June 2012

Andy Coulson, Prime Minister David Cameron’s former Director of Communications, was taken from his London home on the morning of May 30 in a dawn raid and driven over 350 miles to a police station in Glasgow, Scotland.

Murdoch’s acolyte Tony Blair testifies before Leveson inquiry

By Julie Hyland, 30 May 2012

Former Labour prime minister Tony Blair’s appearance before the Leveson inquiry highlights the fraudulent character of the official investigation into press ethics.

A revealing look at Murdoch’s influence on British politics

By A review by Dave Hyland, 25 May 2012

Labour MP Tom Watson and Independent journalist Martin Hickman throw some light on the way in which politicians in the UK have bowed down before Rupert Murdoch’s wealth and power, as well detailing the incestuous relationship between his newspapers and a corrupt police force.

Leveson inquiry: Damning evidence of political corruption of Labour and Conservative parties

By Robert Stevens, 21 May 2012

The charging of former editor Rebekah Brooks with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in the police investigation into the News of the World phone hacking scandal has overshadowed revealing testimony given at the Leveson inquiry into press ethics.

Murdoch scandal: Rebekah Brooks charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice

By Chris Marsden, 16 May 2012

Former editor Rebekah Brooks and her husband, Charlie, are two of six people charged yesterday in connection with the Murdoch-News International phone hacking scandal.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond embroiled in Murdoch scandal

By Steve James, 8 May 2012

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has emerged as one of the most compromised acolytes of Rupert Murdoch and his media empire.

Rupert Murdoch “not a fit person”, UK parliamentary committee finds

By Chris Marsden, 4 May 2012

The report by the Commons culture, media and sport select committee opens up a new stage in the crisis raging at News International and its global parent, News Corp.

Rupert Murdoch testimony: Routine denials of wrongdoing by UK’s political power-broker

By Julie Hyland, 28 April 2012

Rupert Murdoch’s two days of testimony before the Leveson Inquiry into press standards was all the more extraordinary because it was made under oath.

Forced resignation hits at heart of Cameron government after Murdoch testimony

By Julie Hyland, 26 April 2012

Testimony by James Murdoch has led to the resignation of one ministerial adviser and forced Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt to defend himself in parliament against allegations of collusion with News Corporation.

Murdoch scandal sparks divisions over media regulation within UK’s ruling elite

By Dave Hyland, 7 April 2012

The Leveson Inquiry into the Ethics, Culture and Practices of the British press has opened up a Pandora’s Box of criminality surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, with a trail leading back to Number 10 Downing Street.

Murdoch’s News Corporation accused of pay TV piracy

By Patrick O’Connor, 2 April 2012

The pay TV piracy allegations are potentially even more damaging to News Corporation than the News of the World phone hacking affair.

Thatcher papers show how Murdoch’s media domination was secured

By Dave Hyland, 27 March 2012

The private papers of the former prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, have been opened to the public.

New stage in Murdoch scandal as former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks re-arrested

By Dave Hyland, 16 March 2012

Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s News International, was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Murdoch press endorses Scottish independence

By Steve James, 10 March 2012

The first Scottish edition of Murdoch’s Sun ran a statement approved by the Scottish Nationalist Party announcing a preferred date for an independence referendum.

Spotlight falls on Murdoch newspapers’ bribing of police

By Dave Hyland, 3 March 2012

The Leveson Inquiry into the practices and ethics of the British press reconvened this week to hear a second tranche of evidence detailing illegal activities by Rupert Murdoch’s News International publications.

Rupert Murdoch pledges to fight back as corruption scandal spreads

By Dave Hyland, 18 February 2012

News Corporation boss Rupert Murdoch addressed his UK staff yesterday, pledging to launch a Sunday edition of his daily tabloid, the Sun.

Former Australian senator accuses Murdoch executives of offering a deal

By Richard Phillips, 5 December 2011

The allegations call into question the claims by the Murdoch corporation that the illegal use of phone hacking by News of the World in Britain was an aberration in its otherwise high ethical standards.

Inquiry hears evidence of extent of phone hacking at Murdoch’s News International

By Robert Stevens, 23 November 2011

The first week of the inquiry by Judge Lord Leveson into the “culture, practices and ethics” of the UK media revealed further evidence pointing to the massive extent of phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s News International.

James Murdoch compared to “mafia boss” in British phone hacking inquiry

By Julie Hyland, 11 November 2011

James Murdoch’s second appearance before the parliamentary committee investigating the phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World continued efforts to cover over widespread corporate criminality.

More evidence of criminality by Murdoch’s media empire

By Robert Stevens, 30 September 2011

Fresh evidence has emerged on the criminality surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid and its relations with London’s Metropolitan Police.

Police retreat from attack on Guardian over Murdoch phone-hacking scandal

By Robert Stevens, 23 September 2011

On Tuesday, citing procedural irregularities, the Met dropped its attempt to force the Guardian to hand over its sources for stories exposing phone hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World.

Britain: James Murdoch to be quizzed again over phone hacking

By Robert Stevens, 19 September 2011

News Corp executive James Murdoch is to be recalled to answer more questions before the UK House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

James Murdoch knew of widespread phone hacking, UK Parliament told

By Robert Stevens, 10 September 2011

The now-defunct News of the World legal manager Tom Crone told Members of Parliament that News International/News Corp. executive James Murdoch had not told the truth about an e-mail indicating phone hacking at the paper involved more than one reporter.

New evidence in UK phone hacking scandal implicates the Murdochs

By Stephen Alexander, 20 August 2011

Explosive new evidence has surfaced in the News of the World phone hacking exposing as fraudulent the single “rogue” reporter line of defence pursued by News International, the UK arm of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.

Letters show Scottish National Party leader’s wooing of Rupert Murdoch

By Julie Hyland, 10 August 2011

Scotland’s First Minister and Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond was forced last week to publish details of his contact with Rupert Murdoch and executives from News International, the UK division of News Corporation.

New moves by British parliament to shield the Murdochs

By Robert Stevens, 30 July 2011

On Friday, members of Parliament’s Commons Culture Select Committee voted against recalling News Corporation Chairman James Murdoch to give more evidence on phone hacking and police corruption.

James Murdoch’s evidence to British parliamentary committee challenged

By Susan Garth, 26 July 2011

Two former News of the World executives have challenged the evidence that James Murdoch gave to a House of Commons select committee last week.

Former Cameron aide and News of the World editor investigated for perjury in trial of SSP leader

Why the Scottish Socialist Party is opposed to reopening the case of Tommy Sheridan

By Steve James, 25 July 2011

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson is under investigation by Strathclyde Police into “allegations that witnesses gave perjured evidence in the trial of Tommy Sheridan and into alleged breaches of data protection and phone hacking,” Chief Constable George Hamilton has confirmed.

Murdoch’s News Corporation scrambles to defend its media interests in Australia

By Patrick O’Connor, 23 July 2011

Murdoch is attempting to secure permission to take over rival pay-television network Austar, and is pressuring the Labor government to approve its bid for control of the publicly-funded Australian Network that airs in Asia and the South Pacific.

British media quick to dismiss death in Murdoch phone hacking case

By Robert Stevens, 23 July 2011

The Independent published an article Wednesday dismissing any notion that the death of Murdoch whistleblower Sean Hoare was suspicious.

The Murdoch scandal

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 22 July 2011

In recent days, the British public has been told that parliament has reasserted authority over Rupert Murdoch’s media empire and called the multibillionaire to order.

Labour gives Cameron kid gloves treatment over Murdoch scandal

By Robert Stevens, 21 July 2011

British Labour gives Cameron kid gloves treatment over Murdoch scandal

UK Parliamentary Select Committee continues cover-up of Murdoch scandal

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 20 July 2011

The appearance of Rupert and James Murdoch before the British Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee was a piece of well-choreographed political theatre.

Why did UK police declare death of News of the World whistleblower “not suspicious?”

By Chris Marsden, 20 July 2011

When the former News of the World reporter Sean Hoare was found dead Monday at his home in Watford, north of London, the immediate response of the Hertfordshire police was to issue a public statement declaring his death to be “unexplained but not thought to be suspicious.”

British Prime Minister Cameron’s position under threat in Murdoch scandal

By Julie Hyland, 19 July 2011

The political crisis surrounding the News of the World phone hacking scandal is now threatening the position of Prime Minister David Cameron.

Commercial rivalries underlay conflict with Murdoch’s media empire

By Dave Hyland, 19 July 2011

The explosive divisions that have erupted within ruling circles surrounding the News of the World phone hacking scandal and the events leading to its exposure have from the start been fuelled by economic rivalries.

Murdoch scandal spreads

Britain’s police chief resigns over relations with News International

By Chris Marsden, 18 July 2011

Britain’s senior police officer, Sir Paul Stephenson, was forced to resign following the exposure of corrupt relations between Rupert Murdoch’s media empire and the London Metropolitan Police.

Arrest of Rebekah Brooks takes hacking probe one step closer to the Murdochs

By Chris Marsden, 18 July 2011

On Sunday, Rebekah Brooks, the former News International chief executive, became the tenth person to be arrested in connection with the News of the World phone hacking and police corruption scandal.

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown: Murdoch’s News International operated a “criminal-media nexus”

By Chris Marsden, 16 July 2011

The resignation of Rebekah Brooks is only the latest indication of an ever-widening crisis facing Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, News Corp.

FBI to investigate allegations News Corp. hacked 9/11 victims’ phone records

By Kate Randall, 15 July 2011

The FBI has opened an investigation into allegations that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. tried to obtain phone records of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Murdoch hacking scandal and class “justice”

By Julie Hyland, 14 July 2011

Two weeks into the latest stage of the scandal over phone hacking and other illegal activities by Rupert Murdoch’s News International group in Britain, revelations continue to pour out, each more damaging than the last.

The New York Times’ Roger Cohen lavishes praise on Rupert Murdoch

By David Walsh, 14 July 2011

The New York Times published a column July 11 that portrays media mogul Rupert Murdoch as “alive and vigorous and noisy and relevant” and a “visionary” who shows “risk-taking determination.”

UK hacking scandal yields new reports of criminality by Murdoch press

By Chris Marsden, 13 July 2011

New revelations have emerged that former prime minister and chancellor Gordon Brown was targeted by private investigators working for Rupert Murdoch’s Sun and Sunday Times newspapers.

Murdoch and the rule of the oligarchy

By Chris Marsden, 11 July 2011

The ongoing exposure of systematic hacking of thousands of phones and computers by employees of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World lifts the lid on the rampant criminality of the corporate and political elite.

Former top aide to British prime minister arrested in Murdoch hacking scandal

By Julie Hyland, 9 July 2011

Andy Coulson, British Prime Minister David Cameron’s former director of communications and a former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, was arrested yesterday and questioned over phone hacking and bribes paid to police officers.

News of the World phone hacking scandal escalates

By Paul Bond, 7 July 2011

The disclosure that an investigator working for the News of the World may have hacked the mobile phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler has intensified the political crisis surrounding the hacking scandal.