News Corp. Weighs Next Steps (WSJ)

Rupert Murdoch and his tight-knit group of advisers at News Corp. have put a variety of strategic options on the table as they attempt to stem the fallout from a scandal and map out a future for their businesses, according to people familiar with the situation. paidContent: He took on the world’s biggest company and America’s largest education authority, but the task facing Joel Klein at News International could be his biggest yet. The mild-mannered, affable lawyer is in charge of clearing up the phone hacking crisis snowballing out of Murdoch’s control. / Media Alley: British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to announce further details regarding governmental inquiries into the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal sometime Wednesday morning. paidContent: News International issued a response to the allegations, and a part denial, while reports swirled around that News Corp. CEO Murdoch; his son, chief operating officer, James; and News International CEO Rebekah Brooks would be called in to answer questions at the House of Commons-led Culture, Media and Sport Committee. Guido Fawkes’ Blog: Last week Trinity Mirror Group was forced to issue a statement denying that it had sourced a British Press Award-winning 2002 scoop from phone-hacking. It claimed, “Trinity Mirror’s position is clear. Our journalists work within the criminal law and the PCC code of conduct.” That’s not what its former journalists say, though. FishbowlLA: The Daily Show’s John Oliver does a tremendous job summing up just how big a story the implosion of News of the World is in his home country: “Do you know how hard it is to disgrace a British tabloid?” B&C: Senate Commerce Committee chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) says the “appropriate agencies” should investigate whether News Corp. broke any U.S. laws.


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