…simply apologising is not enough. Our business was founded on the idea that a free and open press should be a positive force in society. We need to live up to that.
News of the World (failed)
News International (desperate not to fail)
‘First Lady of Fleet Street’ finally pays the price of NoTW scandal
International media tycoon Rupert Murdoch is saying sorry to Britain, in advertisements to be placed in every national newspaper over the weekend, hours after the resignation today of Rebekah Wade, chief executive of News International, Murdoch’s media empire in the UK.
Wade was editor of the Sunday tabloid News of the World, at the time when it illegally hacked into the phones of thousands of people.
Last week, Murdoch had closed the News of the World, the largest-circulating newspaper in Britain, but had kept Wade in her job, in what was seen as an attempt to save a big television takeover in which Sky, his satellite channel, would take over its main British competitor BSkyB.
The Guardian newspaper has revealed, in continuing coverage since 2009, that News of the World had broken the law, in collusion with corrupt police, in a massive phone-hacking scandal, including the voice-mail of murder victim Milly Dowler. The Guardian reported that Milly’s voicemail was accessed on behalf of the News of the World while she was missing, and that messages were deleted to make room for more recordings, giving the family false hope that she was still alive. It caused widespread revulsion and ignited huge public interest in the phone-hacking scandal.