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Feb 2, 2012

Insight: Inside Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspaper clean-up operation

LONDON (Reuters) – The centre of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper clean-up operation is an unimposing set of offices in a corner of the company’s campus in Wapping, east London.

It is here that the scarred reputation and the future of Murdoch’s UK newspaper titles may be rescued or broken for good. The chairman and chief executive of News Corp says he has entrusted the operation, known as the Management and Standards Committee (MSC), to investigate the details of phone-hacking and alleged police bribery by his London tabloids and prevent such events from happening again.

Feb 2, 2012

Inside Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspaper clean-up operation

LONDON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The centre of Rupert
Murdoch’s British newspaper clean-up operation is an unimposing
set of offices in a corner of the company’s campus in Wapping,
east London.

It is here that the scarred reputation and the future of
Murdoch’s UK newspaper titles may be rescued or broken for good.
The chairman and chief executive of News Corp says he has
entrusted the operation, known as the Management and Standards
Committee (MSC), to investigate the details of phone-hacking and
alleged police bribery by his London tabloids and prevent such
events from happening again.

Jan 28, 2012

UK police arrest Murdoch tabloid staff, raid offices

LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – British police arrested
four current and former staff of Rupert Murdoch’s best-selling
Sun tabloid plus a policeman on Saturday as part of an
investigation into suspected payments by journalists to
officers, police and the newspaper’s publisher said.

Police also searched the paper’s London offices at publisher
News International, News Corp’s British arm, in a
corruption probe linked to a continuing investigation into phone
hacking at its now closed News of the World weekly tabloid.

Jan 27, 2012

James Murdoch to quit GSK board

LONDON (Reuters) – News Corp executive James Murdoch, under pressure from a phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World tabloid, is to quit the board of drug maker GlaxoSmithKline as he spends more time on his new role in the United States.

Murdoch was promoted last March to become News Corp’s deputy chief operating officer and head of its international operations, in a move seen at the time as confirming his status as heir apparent to his father Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.

Jan 25, 2012

New EU data laws command the tide but not the cost

MUNICH (Reuters) – New data-protection proposals from the European Union to help people regain control of personal information from sites like Facebook could prove as effective as commanding the tide, while hurting small firms and Web giants alike.

The new legislation, which European Commissioner Viviane Reding will present on Wednesday, is designed to give consumers ownership of their own data and to harmonise the patchwork of different laws in force across the EU’s 27 countries.

Jan 24, 2012

Analysis: New EU data laws command the tide but not the cost

MUNICH (Reuters) – New data-protection proposals from the European Union to help people regain control of personal information from sites like Facebook could prove as effective as commanding the tide, while hurting small firms and Web giants alike.

The new legislation, which European Commissioner Viviane Reding will present on Wednesday, is designed to give consumers ownership of their own data and to harmonize the patchwork of different laws in force across the EU’s 27 countries.

Jan 24, 2012

O2 chief says has broached Germany merger with KPN

MUNICH (Reuters) – Telefonica (TEF.MC: Quote, Profile, Research) and KPN (KPN.AS: Quote, Profile, Research) have made mutual approaches to merge their businesses in Germany without so far agreeing any basis to pursue the idea, the head of Telefonica’s O2 Germany said on Monday.

A merger has long been seen on the cards and Rene Schuster told Reuters he did not foresee regulatory problems in reducing the number of mobile operators in Germany from four to three.

Jan 23, 2012

EU’s Reding says data fines not in focus

LONDON (Reuters) – The European Union will leave the setting of fines for breaching proposed new data protection laws largely to national bodies, European Commissioner Viviane Reding said after reports that the EU planned to fine companies up to 5 percent of their turnover.

The proposed new legislation, which Reding will unveil on Wednesday, is designed to give individuals more control over personal data that they entrust to companies like Facebook or Google, and harmonize data law across the EU.

Jan 22, 2012

Europe to issue tough new data-protection rules soon

MUNICH/PARIS (Reuters) – The European Union will propose tough new rules in the coming days on how corporations handle Internet users’ personal data, a long-awaited move that could have far-reaching implications for Web giants such as Google Inc and Facebook.

Viviane Reding, vice president of the European Commission, said in a speech on Sunday that the new data-protection legislation was needed to protect users and cut red tape for businesses in Europe.

Jan 19, 2012

News Corp pays out over hacking claims

LONDON (Reuters) – The British newspaper arm of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp settled a string of legal claims over phone hacking on Thursday, and said this was not an admission that management had known about the practice or tried to cover it up.

Murdoch’s News International had claimed for years that the hacking of voicemails to generate stories was the work of a single “rogue” reporter who went to jail for the crime in 2007.

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      "Currently based in London, with particular responsibility for professional publishers and the European activities of global technology, media and telecoms firms. Previously European technology correspondent based in Frankfurt. Began career in local radio in Glasgow and then worked in TV news for many years for Reuters, the BBC and Sky News in London and Moscow."
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