Murdoch coming to London to face hacking crisis

July 9, 2011 - 5:29 AM
Britain Phone Hacking

FILE - In this May 24, 2011 file photo, media magnate Rupert Murdoch speaks during the e-G8 conference, gathering Internet and information technologies leaders and experts, in Paris. News International said Thursday July 7, 2011 that it is shutting down the News of the World tabloid that is at the center of Britain's phone hacking scandal. James Murdoch, the son of Rupert Murdoch, who heads the newspaper's European operations, says the 168-year-old newspaper will publish its last edition Sunday. The scandal has cost the paper prestige and prompted dozens of companies to pull their ads. The Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid is accused of hacking into the cell phone messages of victims ranging from missing schoolgirls to grieving families, celebrities, royals and politicians in a quest for attention-grabbing headlines (AP Photo/Bob Edme, File)

LONDON (AP) — British media reports say Rupert Murdoch is flying to London to address a burgeoning phone-hacking scandal that brought down the News of the World.

Soon-to-be out of work journalists on Saturday are readying the last edition of the tabloid, which will hit newsstands Sunday.

Murdoch is en route to take charge of the crisis that has rocked his media empire, according to multiple media reports, following allegations News of the World journalists paid police for information and hacked into the voicemails of young murder victims.

Those revelations sparked a firestorm of outrage and saw advertisers pull out en masse, prompting News International — a subsidiary of Murdoch's News Corp. — to announce the shutdown of the 168-year-old muckraking News of the World on Thursday.