In a given business, there are good days and bad days. For Rupert Murdoch, head of News Corp. which owns FOX, the Wall Street Journal and other big-name media entities, it has been a bad couple of days.
Murdoch’s News Corp. also owns the renowned British tabloid “News of the World,” known for its sensationalist and seemingly underhanded reporting style. Or I should say “owned.” Murdoch announced today that he would be shuttering NOTW after its Sunday publication.
This comes on the heels of the discovery that several of “News of the World” employees hacked into a murder victim’s voicemails to get more information on the subject, even checking messages left as the investigation was on going. This lead investigators to believe the victim was still alive, wasting countless man-hours and resources, while also creating even more agony for the victim’s family who was still holding on hope that they were alive.
This isn’t the NOTW’s first problem with phone hacking. In 2006, the paper came under fire for tapping the phones of the British monarchy. In just April of this year, 7,000 individuals complained that their phones had been hacked by the tabloid, and the murder victim’s phone hacking has proven to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.