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Britain phone hacking scandal

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The cozy relationship that Rupert Murdoch long enjoyap_lst106_britain_phone_hac.jpged with the British power structure came to an abrupt end Tuesday, just as he needed it to complete one of his biggest media buys ever. The billionaire, tainted by a cell phone hacking scandal at his News of the World tabloid, suddenly faces stiff government opposition to his bid for total control of a much more lucrative property: the satellite British Sky Broadcasting company. The news came in a stunning announcement from Prime Minister David Cameron's office that the government will support a motion calling on Murdoch and his News Corp. to withdraw the $12 billion bid for BSkyB.

 

With all the new details of the scandal emerging, it's getting hard to keep track.ProPublica has created a readers guide to the phone hacking scandal.

The Guardian offers an interactive timeline of the scandal from its earliest days in 2005 as part of its special report on the scandal.

The BBC’s Democracy Live Web site has an extensive video archive of the hearings and debates in the House of Commons on the phone hacking scandal since allegations that it was far more widespread than initially revealed came to light. BBC also has a special report that includes a helpful Q&A on the scandal and a look at some of the key players.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 9:39pm]

    

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