Britain’s prime minister has called for a complete overhaul of the UK’s press regulations system in the wake of the media hacking scandal that has forced the closure of the News of the World newspaper.
David Cameron also said that the police inquiry into possible criminal activities at the Sunday tabloid would not answer all the public’s questions. “That is why I want to establish a second inquiry to begin at the earliest available opportunity, ideally now, this summer,” he said. “This inquiry should be conducted by a credible panel of figures drawn from a range of different backgrounds who command the full support, respect and above all confidence of the public. They should be truly independent without any motive but to seek the truth and clean up the press.”
As expected, police arrested Andy Coulson on Friday – the former editor of the News of the World who quit as Cameron’s communications chief as the hacking scandal ballooned.
This Sunday will be the last edition of the paper – just one small part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation empire. But the full fallout of the affair is likely to spread far wider than this one title.
News Corporation Fact Box
News Corp. is the second-largest media conglomerate in the world (behind the Walt Disney Company). It owns media all over the world including:
- The Australian newspaper
- GQ Australia magazine
- Vogue Australia magazine
- Fox Studios Australia
- Fox media corporation available to over 96% of Americans.
- Fox News
- New York Post
- Wall Street Journal
- 20th Centrury Fox
- The Times newspaper
- The Sunday Times newspaper
- The Sun newspaper
- News of the World newspaper
- It also owns 39.1% of TV group BSkyB, the UK’s biggest pay-TV broadcaster. It is currently attempting to buy the remaining 60.1%
- Sky News and Sky News international
- Sky Sports