The Evening Standard is reporting that with the news that James Murdoch is stepping down from News International, which broke yesterday afternoon, has sparked fresh speculation that News Corporation could sell its newspaper business, which includes The Sun and The Times.
Offloading the newspaper business is even something that News Corp admits it has considered — at least at some point. Although some might think it less likely with Rupert Murdoch personally overseeing the launch of the Sunday edition of The Sun. Read more »
Virginia Wheeler, defence editor of The Sun, has become the latest journalist to be arrested by police investigating corrupt payments to public officials as part of Operation Elveden.
The Sun’s defence editor, who is also one of the youngest to be taken into custody, is the 23-person to be arrested at News International. Read more »
Scotland Yard has confirmed today that it loaned Rebekah Brooks, the former News International chief executive, a retired police horse.
Brooks, who resigned at the height of the hacking scandal last Summer, is reported to have ridden the retired police horse for a year at her farm in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. Read more »
The Times is being investigated by the Metropolitan police over email hacking claims, according to a BBC report. There are few details available yet, but is another sign that News International can not shake-off hacking allegations.
News of the investigation comes after it emerged at the Leveson inquiry last month that a controversial 2009 Times article that outed an anonymous police blogger, known as Nightjack, was based on material obtained by hacking a Hotmail email account. Read more »