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Jul 11, 2011

Lawyers see major hurdles to blocking BSkyB deal, delays

LONDON, July 11 (Reuters) – British regulators could
struggle to find new grounds to halt a proposed takeover of
pay-TV broadcaster BSkyB by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp media
empire, but lawyers say the multi-billion-dollar deal may face
severe delays.

The UK government on Monday asked the Office of Fair Trading
(OFT) consumer watchdog and media regulator Ofcom to review its
guidance on News Corp’s planned $14 billion takeover of BSkyB in
light of a phone-hacking scandal at one of News Corp’s papers.

Jul 10, 2011

Axeing paper may not stop wider brand damage for Murdoch

LONDON (Reuters) – It was presented as a sacrificial — and healing — act, the severing of a limb to save the body.

But killing off one of Britain’s best-selling papers may not be enough to stop the taint of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal spreading to the wider News Corp (NWSA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) brand.

Jul 9, 2011

Murdoch flies to London to tackle phone-hack crisis

LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch flies to London on
Saturday to deal with the escalating phone-hacking crisis
engulfing his British newspapers business, according to two
people familiar with his plans.

The arrival of the 80-year-old News Corp chief
executive follows the shock announcement on Thursday that he is
shutting down the News of the World, the 168-year-old
best-selling Sunday tabloid newspaper at the centre of the
scandal.

Jul 9, 2011

As ex-aide arrested, Cameron vows media reform

LONDON (Reuters) – Police arrested David Cameron’s former spokesman on Friday over the scandal that has shut down Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, forcing the prime minister to defend his judgment while promising new controls on the British press.

As Cameron fielded hostile questions over why he had hired the paper’s former editor Andy Coulson in 2007, despite knowing that one of his journalists had been jailed for hacking into voicemails in search of scoops, Coulson was being arrested by police on suspicion of conspiring in the illegal practice.

Jul 8, 2011

As ex-aide arrested, pressured Cameron vows media reform

LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) – Police arrested David Cameron’s
former spokesman on Friday over the scandal that has shut down
Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, forcing the prime minister
to defend his judgment while promising new controls on the
British press.

As Cameron fielded hostile questions over why he had hired
the paper’s former editor Andy Coulson in 2007, despite knowing
that one of his journalists had been jailed for hacking into
voicemails in search of scoops, Coulson was being arrested by
police on suspicion of conspiring in the illegal practice.

Jul 8, 2011

News Corp scandal is biggest challenge for Cameron

LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) – He has faced criticism over
threats to impose a U.S.-style healthcare system, plans to
reduce sentences for rapists, and proposed cuts to pensions and
benefits.

But it is his decision to hire a former journalist tainted
by a phone-hacking scandal that is posing the greatest test of
British Prime Minister David Cameron’s year-old leadership.

Jul 8, 2011

News Corp scandal biggest challenge so far for UK’s Cameron

LONDON (Reuters) – He has faced criticism over threats to impose a U.S.-style healthcare system, plans to reduce sentences for rapists, and proposed cuts to pensions and benefits.

But it is his decision to hire a former journalist tainted by a phone-hacking scandal that is posing the greatest test of British Prime Minister Cameron’s year-old leadership.

Jul 8, 2011

Analysis: News Corp scandal biggest challenge so far for Cameron

LONDON (Reuters) – He has faced criticism over threats to impose a U.S.-style healthcare system, plans to reduce sentences for rapists, and proposed cuts to pensions and benefits.

But it is his decision to hire a former journalist tainted by a phone-hacking scandal that is posing the greatest test of British Prime Minister Cameron’s year-old leadership.

Jul 8, 2011

Analysis – News Corp scandal biggest challenge yet for Cameron

LONDON (Reuters) – He has faced criticism over threats to impose a U.S.-style healthcare system, plans to reduce sentences for rapists, and proposed cuts to pensions and benefits.

But it is his decision to hire a former journalist tainted by a phone-hacking scandal that is posing the greatest test of Prime Minister Cameron’s year-old leadership.

Jul 8, 2011

Cameron faces questions as Murdoch axes paper

LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David
Cameron called an urgent news conference on Friday after reports
that his former spokesman could be arrested in the wake of the
closure of the scandal-hit newspaper he once edited.

Underlining the political impact of the phone-hacking
allegations which prompted Rupert Murdoch to shut down the
best-selling News of the World tabloid, Cameron’s office said he
would take questions from reporters at 9:30 a.m. (0830 GMT).

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