Murdoch exits London home with arm around Brooks

LONDON Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:40pm EDT

Chief Executive of News International, Rebekah Brooks, listens to speeches during the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, northern England in this October 6, 2009, file photo. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Chief Executive of News International, Rebekah Brooks, listens to speeches during the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, northern England in this October 6, 2009, file photo.

Credit: Reuters/Phil Noble

LONDON (Reuters) - News Corp Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch exited his London home on Sunday with his arm around embattled newspaper chief Rebekah Brooks, and told Reuters that she was his first priority.

Murdoch, who flew into Britain earlier on Sunday to deal with an escalating phone-hacking scandal at his News of the World tabloid that Brooks used to edit, answered: "This one," gesturing at Brooks, when asked what his first priority was.

The two, both smiling, then went into the Stafford hotel opposite Murdoch's apartment in the upmarket Mayfair area of London.

(Reporting by Paul Sandle)

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SDSteve wrote:
Indeed, this is a bizarre scene. The oldest newspaper in Britain closed with hundreds laid off and Murdoch can think only of Rebekah. Clearly, he is a besotted, senile old fool.

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