* Closing British tabloid decision made by consensus
* Murdoch, wife Wendi, son Lachlan still in Sun Valley
By Sarah McBride
SUN VALLEY, IDAHO, July 9 Rupert Murdoch said
on Saturday the decision to close the embattled "News of the
World" tabloid was "a collective decision."
Murdoch spoke briefly as he entered the last day of the
annual Allen & Co. media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, even
as a deepening phone hacking scandal threatens the British
operations of his media company, News Corp (NWSA.O).
Walking with his wife, Wendi, and his son, Lachlan, Murdoch
said he had no further comment on the situation.
Earlier this week, Murdoch's younger son and deputy chief
operating officer of News Corp. announced the company would
close London-based "News of the World," the tabloid at the
center of the hacking scandal. [ID:nL6E7I905U]
The crisis has led to the arrest of the former editor of
the News of the World, Andy Coulson, who was also a top aide to
British Prime Minister David Cameron. It also threatens News
Corp.'s takeover of broadcaster BSkyB BSY.L.
The conference ends Saturday midday after a talk by
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft's (MSFT.O) Bill Gates,
giving Murdoch time to fly to England for the last day of
publication of "News of the World" on Sunday if he chooses.
The tabloid, bought by Murdoch in 1969, was Murdoch's first
newspaper acquisition in Britain. Murdoch has gone on to build
a global newspaper empire through acquisitions such as the
London Times and the Wall Street Journal.
(Reporting By Sarah McBride)