News for cash - cash for news
News has a value, to the newspaper, the subscriber and also to the
government officials and the police.
The latest turn in the scandal of the world's biggest media group,
News International has just emerged. Adding more turmoil to the
telephone hacking and bribery saga, the chief of operations of his
father's media empire, James Murdoch, resigned from his post in the UK
and decided to return to the US to continue operations there.
The Sun, which has a three million circulation and eight million
readership in the UK has hacked telephones and bribed a network of
public officials and police officers in order to obtain exclusive news
related to politicians, sport personnel, victims of crime and
celebrities. They have listened to the messages left on answer phones
and mobiles of the said people.
James Murdoch, the CEO of News International in the UK, once appeared
before the Commons Culture, Media and Sports Committee headed by the
members of Parliament. He was criticised for his role as the CEO who
made no efforts to eliminate the bribery culture in exchange for
important news. The Leveson Inquiry, which was appointed by the
government to investigate the scandal and headed by a retired judge,
made it clear that the government officials and the police officials
were allegedly paid to provide information to the tabloids. After this
came to light, many celebrities and relatives of the victims of crime
who were affected by the hacking scandal sued News International.
There were many out of court settlements with pay-outs amounting to
When the hacking allegations emerged last year, the News of the
World, which was established in 1843, shut down by the News
International after pressure from the government and the public. It was
the most circulated and read tabloid in the United Kingdom.
The owner Murdoch thought that by closing down the most corrupted
tabloid in the hacking scandal, it would clear his name and give him a
clean bill of health. But it didnít end there and his son became the
latest victim of the episode.
There were more than ten journalists arrested along with some police
officers during this news for money and phone hacking saga over the past
The latest arrest was on Tuesday March 13, of the former CEO of News
of The World, Rebekah Brooks, her husband, and six other prominent
journalists. Rebekahís husband Charlie is a school friend of Prime
Minister David Cameron and their families have a very close
relationship. Cameron was on his way to the US when the arrests were
At the parliamentary inquiry held last year to look into the
allegation of corruption against News International, the owner Rupert
Murdoch said it was the most humble day of his life. But by counting the
allegations mounting on a daily basis against his media empire it seems
that he has more humble days to come.