Murdoch To Fly To London To Take Charge Of Phone Hacking Crisis

09/07/2011 08:10 | Updated 07 September 2011

News Corp Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch is expected to arrive in London today to take charge of the developing phone-hacking crisis that is threatening to engulf his UK business.

Murdoch has kept a low-profile as allegations against the News of the World have mounted. The News Corp chief spent most of the week at the Allen & Co conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, and has declined to answer questions from journalists.

Murdoch is expected to arrive in Wapping hours after staff at the News of the World published the last edition of the newspaper. News Corp have not commented on Murdoch's agenda.

It was announced on Thursday that Sunday's edition of the News of the World will be its last after claims that it paid private investigators to illegally intercept the voicemail messages of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, bereaved military families and relatives of 7/7 bombing victims.

The paper also stands accused of paying thousands of pounds illegally to corrupt police officers.

Andy Coulson, former News of the World Editor and ex-chief media adviser to David Cameron, was arrested Friday and later released on bail until October. Clive Goodman, former royal editor of the paper, was also detained on Friday. He was jailed for four months in 2007 after he pleaded guilty to intercepting phone messages.

Police made a third arrest on Friday at a residential address in Surrey in connection with corruption and phone hacking. The 63-year-old man, who has not been identified, was released on bail until October on Saturday.

"Officers from the MPS' Operation Weeting together with officers from Operation Elveden arrested a man on suspicion of corruption allegations contrary to Section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906," a police statement said.

10/07/2011 11:48 BST

Ken Livingstone Says During His Time As Mayor No One Said There Was A Cover-Up.

He tells the Politics Show that no one from the Guardian, the paper who exposed the scandal, said there were more revelations to come or he would have demanded the police investigate.

10/07/2011 11:43 BST

Former Cabinet Minister David Mellor On Sky:

It's a sense, this 1930s chicago element of this, that all these people, including the Prime Minister, were so frightened of Murdoch either because of his political power, or frightened because they'd wake up one morning and find something in the papers their wife wouldn't like.

I worry about Dave Cameron because he seems to be getting all of this wrong.

He should stand up now and say 'I've told Rupert Murdoch, do not embarrass me by pursuing this application because the British public will not have it. Instead of which he doesn't, fumbles around. He's lost ground.

After all those times having happy little drinkies with Rebekah Brooks the Prime Minister owes it to all of us to raise his game.

10/07/2011 11:35 BST

Shadow Culture Secretary Ivan Lewis Tells The Politics Show:

"It’s a new era, and politicians have a duty to speak out for the public.”

10/07/2011 11:32 BST

Chris Bryant: Yates Should Go

@ ChrisBryantMP : It is inconceivable that Yates cd remain. He misled parliament - and when I called him on it, threatened to sue. and who paid his lawyers?

10/07/2011 11:23 BST

Rupert Murdoch Has Arrived In London

The BBC reports

10/07/2011 11:12 BST

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond on Sky stresses that Ofcom "at any time" can intervene on the basis of fitness and properness of News International to buy out BSkyB.

10/07/2011 10:47 BST

Simon Hughes' Full Quote About The BSkyB Merger And Voting With Labour

“The position for this week is clear, I think, if there’s a debate and vote in the House of Commons, I will be suggesting to my colleagues that we as a party, a party that’s never been close to Murdoch, never been in this inner loop, I think we should make clear that we think there should be a postponement of the decision.

There shouldn’t be a decision while the police investigations are going on, and we should let the police investigations run their course.

And can I add I don’t think it’s only the News of the World, if the judicial inquiry does it’s full work, which will be in the frame of what the information commissioner made clear in 2006, that many titles, owned by many different people, and other titles owned by News International which have been guilty, not just of hacking but of other offences. And I think that now is the time we bring all of that up.”

10/07/2011 10:36 BST

A Sunday Times Journalist Tweets About Chris Huhne's Allegations Her Paper Hacked

@ camillalong : Do we think Chris Huhne's suggestion that the ST is involved in hacking is anything to do with our 3+ damaging stories about his driving?

10/07/2011 10:18 BST

Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger On Whether He Warned Number 10 On Coulson

He tells Sky that he "got messages through to all the three party leaders" about the extent of revelations to follow.

10/07/2011 10:10 BST

Simon Hughes Is On Sky:

He says he will suggest to his colleagues to "make clear" that there should be a postponement of the BSkyB merger. He also says he thinks other titles have been guilty of hacking and "other offences".

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