July 18, 2011
NewsTsar reports that a US Citizen has named CNN presenter, Piers Morgan and the BBC in a phone-hacking complaint. Morgan denies knowledge of any wrong-doing, while he was Editor at News Corp’s The Daily Mirror, despite allegations to the contrary from UK’s Press Complaints Commissioner Tina Weaver.
The Nation today reported that Dan Cooper, who worked under Roger Ailes at News Corp HQ in New York claims that his phone and those of other Americans were hacked while he was there. Cooper described an office called “The Brain Room,” which he personally designed and which housed a black ops counterintelligence unit.
Ailes was a media consultant for Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush.
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LONDON— In a day of damage control, Rebekah Brooks resigned as chief executive of News Corp.’s British newspaper unit on Friday, and CEO Rupert Murdoch apologized for “serious wrongdoing” in an advertisement running in the British press this weekend.
The company has faced unyielding political and investor pressure from a phone-hacking scandal that has undermined Murdoch’s media empire on both sides of the Atlantic.
The 43-year-old Brooks, a former editor of the scandal-hit NewsoftheWorld newspaper and of the flagship tabloid the Sun, was a close confidante of Murdoch, and has been under intense pressure to step down from her role since the phone-hacking scandal began last week.
She served as the first female editor of the News of the World newspaper between 2000 and 2003, the time of the most explosive allegations to hit Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. empire, and she has been in charge of News International’s four British newspapers since 2007.
Brooks has been the target of intense anger over the past week as she kept her job while hundreds of News of the World employees were let go when the newspaper shut its doors.
“As chief executive of the company, I feel a deep sense of responsibility for the people we have hurt and I want to reiterate how sorry I am for what we now know to have taken place,” Brooks said in an email to colleagues, which was released by News International.