Prime Minister David Cameron's ex-media head Andy Coulson, Ian Edmonson, former News Editor at the News of the
World and Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch's former British newspaper chief are all on trial accused of conspiring
to illegally access voicemail messages on mobile phones, charges they deny. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor/Toby Melville)
"I didn't know of it. I'm sorry. I'm ... if I can just say something? And this is not, as an excuse. Maybe an explanation of my laxity. The News of the World is less than one per cent of our company. I employ 53,000 people around the world... who are proud and great and ethical and distinguished".Rupert Murdoch in front of British MPs in 2011, part of the UK govt's investigation into phone hacking allegations at his News of the World newspaper
It's rare to hear the media mogul on the defensive and it's rare to hear him speak in public, but there's practically no escaping his reach anywhere in the English speaking world.
• News of the World's last edition reads 'Thank you & goodbye'-- The Guardian
Starting with one small newspaper in his native Australia, Mr. Murdoch grew his empire over the past 5 decades to include prestigious titles such as The Times of London and The Wall Street Journal... Tabloids such as London's Sun and The New York Post... broadcast networks including Fox... and even the publisher, HarperCollins.
David Folkenflik is NPR's media correspondent and he has published a new book titled Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires. He was in New York City.
Just how vast is Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation?
Just a few of his newspapers:
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