News of the World Shutting Down Amid Scandal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LONDON (AP) -- News International's James Murdoch says he's satisfied that embattled executive Rebekah Brooks had no knowledge of phone hacking while she was editor of the scandal-ridden News of the World.

His comments came just hours after the Murdoch media empire unexpectedly jettisoned the News of the World on Thursday, the best-selling tabloid at the center of the phone hacking scandal.

The tabloid, long known for its dubious undercover reporting techniques, had gravely offended the British public by hacking into the cell phone voicemail of a missing teenage girl, possibly even interfering with the police investigation into her murder.

But Murdoch expressed confidence in Brooks' leadership during an
interview broadcast on British media.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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