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Hacking lawyer challenges Murdoch

Tuesday, September 06, 2011 - 01:50

Sept. 6 - Lawyer says he told James Murdoch - CEO of News International - of an e-mail which showed phone hacking at the News of the World newspaper went beyond one rogue reporter. Penny Tweedie reports.

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The former home of a top newspaper brand - now up for sale and mired in controversy. This is Wapping where Rupert Murdoch built his British newspaper empire News International. It was home to the Times, the Sunday Times, the Sun and, until the group's phone hacking scandal came to a head in July, the now closed News of the World. The remaining three titles now rent new offices nearby and the sale is the latest symbol of the news empire's fall from grace in the UK. Its demise began when it was revealed journalists routinely hacked into people's mobile phone messages - including one belonging to a 13-year-old murder victim. On Tuesday four ex-News International executives faced a second round of questioning from politicians in the British parliament. The former News of the World's legal manager Tom Crone said he told News International's CEO James Murdoch about an e-mail which revealed that phone hacking went further than one rogue reporter. He said as a result a hacking victim was paid several hundred thousands pounds in compensation. SOUNDBITE: Tom Crone legal manager of News of the World, saying: (English) "It was the reason that we had to settle the case and in order to settle the case we had to explain the case to Mr Murdoch and got his authority to settle so it certainly would be discussed." His evidence conflicted with what James Murdoch told the committee in July. SOUNDBITE: James Murdoch CEO News International answering Tom Watson MP, saying: (English) "Were you made aware of the "for Neville" e-mail, the transcript of the voicemail message." "No, no, I was not aware of that at the time." The sale of the Wapping plant comes as 100 jobs are axed across the group, including editorial staff. Fifteen people have been arrested since January over the news hacking scandal. Penny Tweedie, Reuters.

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Hacking lawyer challenges Murdoch

Tuesday, September 06, 2011 - 01:50