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  • An upcoming book by NPR's David Folkenflik claims that Fox News public relations staff used "dummy accounts" to rebut negative and even neutral blog posts about the company. The book claims that staff members would go to great lengths to cover their tracks and would even set up various wireless broadband connections so it wouldn't be known that a paid Fox News employee was the person writing the comments.
  • The News Corporation faced accusations of hacking after media reports in Britain and Australia claimed that an affiliate of the media conglomerate had hacked into pay-television rivals to undermine their operations. According to the reports, NDS (a News Corp Affliate) undermined the competition by hiring hackers to crack the codes of smart cards associated with the satellite services of News Corporation’s rivals. The hackers supposedly posted those codes online or sold them on the black market, allowing viewers to pirate the competitors’ TV broadcasts without paying a subscription fee and costing them tens of millions of dollars.
  • On 1/28/2012, four current and former staff members of The Sun, a tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, under allegations of bribery of police and public officials. Two weeks later, five senior staff members of The Sun were also arrested. On 2/27/2012, it was revealed that the police were investigating a "network of corrupt officials" as part of their inquiries into phone hacking and police corruption. Evidence suggests a "culture of illegal payments" at The Sun authorized at a senior level.
  • The News of the World phone hacking affair is a controversy involving the News of the World, a weekly British tabloid newspaper published by News Group Newspapers of News International, a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. The controversy began in 2006, when the Metropolitan Police laid charges against Clive Goodman, the News of the World's royal editor, and Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator, alleging that they intercepted voicemail messages left for members of the royal household. Both men were jailed in 2007.

Rupert Murdoch Marital History

DateTypeSummary
06/13/13DivorceCiting irretrievable differences, Rupert Murdoch filed for divorce from Wendi Deng, his wife since 1999.
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