Rupert Murdoch has flown to the UK to oversee and investigation into the operations of UK tabloid, News of the World. The paper released its final edition today after the parent company, News International, closed it down following allegations that journalists at the paper had paid police for information and hacked into the voicemail accounts of celebrities, crime victims and other prominent figures.
A statement from the media mogul himself said:
“Recent allegations of phone hacking and making payments to police with respect to the News of the World are deplorable and unacceptable. I have made clear that our company must fully and proactively cooperate with the police in all investigations and that is exactly what News International has been doing and will continue to do under Rebekah Brooks’ leadership. We are committed to addressing these issues fully and have taken a number of important steps to prevent them from happening again. I have also appointed Joel Klein to provide important oversight and guidance and Joel and Viet Dinh, an Independent Director, are keeping News Corporation’s Board fully advised as well.”
Over 150 journalists will lose their jobs when the 168 year old title closes today. The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, became involved when it was revealed that one of the men at the centre of the storm had been employed by the government. Investigations and inquiries are still underway, though two people have already gone to jail.