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Britain: Murdoch and Son Say They Will Attend Parliament’s Phone-hacking Hearing

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Media baron Rupert Murdoch and his son James have reversed course — at first refusing, then agreeing to testify before the British Parliament next week about the phone-hacking and police bribery scandal that has engulfed their British media operations. The elder Murdoch initially told Parliament’s media committee Thursday that he was not available to attend […]

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Austen Manuscript Auctioned For $1.6 Million

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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An extremely rare handwritten manuscript of an unfinished novel by British author Jane Austen was sold for $1.6 million Thursday by Sotheby’s auction house in London. The unfinished draft of The Watsons is believed to be Austen’s earliest surviving manuscript. It was probably written around 1804, before her first published novel, Sense and Sensibility, appeared. […]

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Media Baron Murdoch and Son Balk at Phone-hacking Testimony Next Week

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Media baron Rupert Murdoch and his son James are refusing to testify before Parliament next week about the phone-hacking and police bribery scandal that has engulfed their British media operations. The elder Murdoch told Parliament’s media committee Thursday that he was not available to attend next Tuesday’s hearing. But the 80-year-old chief of News Corporation […]

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British Deputy PM: Murdoch Should Testify Before Parliament

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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Britain’s deputy prime minister says he wants media baron Rupert Murdoch to testify next week before a parliamentary committee investigating a widening phone hacking and bribery scandal against journalists at his British papers. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told British radio Thursday that Mr. Murdoch, along with his son James and top executive Rebekah Brooks, […]

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Murdoch Withdraws Bid for Control of British Satellite Television Company

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Media baron Rupert Murdoch has withdrawn his bid for control of British Sky Broadcasting amid Britain’s phone-hacking scandal and allegations against his journalists. Parliament was poised Wednesday to vote overwhelmingly for a non-binding resolution calling on Murdoch to end his $12 billion bid for control of the satellite television company. But before the vote, a […]

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Murdoch Withdraws Bid for Control of British Satellite Television Company

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Media baron Rupert Murdoch has withdrawn his bid for control of British Sky Broadcasting amid Britain’s phone-hacking scandal and allegations against his journalists. Parliament was poised Wednesday to vote overwhelmingly for a non-binding resolution calling on Murdoch to end his $12 billion bid for 61 percent of the satellite television company. But before the vote, […]

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British Phone Hacking Investigation May Come to US

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Senator John Rockefeller has called for an investigation to determine if the company at the heart of Britain’s phone hacking scandal has broken any U.S. laws. Rockefeller said he is concerned that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, which owns The Wall Street Journal, Fox Broadcasting and other U.S. media companies, may have targeted 9/11 victims […]

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British Police: A ‘Poor Decision’ Not To Reopen Phone-hacking Investigation

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A British police official says he made a “poor decision” not to reopen an investigation of phone-hacking allegations at the tabloid News of the World, but accused officials at the newspaper of withholding information. The assistant commissioner of the London police, John Yates, told a British parliament committee Tuesday that as investigators considered whether to […]

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Police Testify Before Parliament in British Phone-Hacking Scandal

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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A British parliamentary committee Tuesday is to question senior London police officers about why they did not pursue a phone hacking investigation at the News of the World tabloid two years ago. Media coverage of Britain’s phone-hacking scandal is reaching a frenzied level. News reports allege Queen Elizabeth and former prime minister Gordon Brown were […]

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New Allegations in Britain’s Phone-Hacking Scandal

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Media coverage of Britain’s phone-hacking scandal is reaching a frenzied level. News reports allege Queen Elizabeth and former prime minister Gordon Brown were targeted by media companies owned by Rupert Murdoch. British news reports Monday said police officers betrayed members of the royal family to the News of The World tabloid, and Brown had his […]

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