Murdoch Scandal

Today, Rupert Murdoch faced his toughest challenge yet in the ever-expanding phone-hacking scandal. He testified in front of a British House of Commons committee. But on this side of the Atlantic, the story is just beginning. Rupert Murdoch is reported to be assembling a team of American lawyers. The FBI has launched an investigation. And several prominent members of the U.S. Congress are calling for their own inquiry.




Today's guest host was Jim Brown.

Part One of The Current

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It's Tuesday, July 19th.

The lawyer for former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks says her arrest for allegedly condoning phone hacking and paying off police damages her reputation
On the up side, at least she doesn't have to worry about the News of The World's coverage.

This is the Current.

Murdoch Scandal: John Nichols

Britain, and much of the world, will be focused today on the testimony of News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch and other key figures before a British House of Commons committee.

It's the first time he will have been questioned publicly about the scandal that now threatens his media empire, as well as Britain's national police service and David Cameron's government. The anticipation alone has produced a carnival-like atmosphere in London, England.

But News Corp. is an American company. And if what it has been accused of doing in the United Kingdom is proven true, it may have broken American laws. In the United States, there are whispered allegations of more phone-hacking and anti-competitive behaviour. Rupert Murdoch is reported to be assembling a team of American lawyers. The FBI has launched an investigation. And several prominent members of the U.S. Congress are calling for their own inquiry.

So for a look at how the phone-hacking scandal is playing out in North America, we' heard from John Nichols. He's a writer with The Nation magazine and he's in Madison, Wisconsin.

Murdoch Scandal: Lawyer Roland Riopelle

The scandal may be Rupert Murdoch's biggest challenge yet, but according to Roland Riopelle, it will probably be just as much of a challenge for U.S. investigators and prosecutors.

Roland Riopelle was a federal prosecutor in the United States for seven years. He's now a criminal defence lawyer in New York City.

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