News Brief – July 17, 2011
In what could be another nail in the coffin of Rupert Murdoch’s UK media holdings, police have arrested the former editor of Murdoch’s News of the World.
Police investigating phone hacking and allegations that bribes were offered to police arrested the former News of the World editor, Rebeka Brooks earlier on Sunday.
The 43-year-old resigned as News International chief executive on Friday. Her resignation was accepted after News International investors pressed for her removal, Murdoch having resisted earlier attempts to oust her.
The scandal surrounding Britain’s longest running Sunday newspaper was deemed “toxic” last week. Finally forcing Murdoch to close the 168-year-old News of the World.
Before the current crisis Brook’s career had followed a meteoric ascent.
She was reportedly a long time confidant of Rupert Murdoch as well as being friends with Tony Blair. The controversy currently surrounding Murdoch’s British media now also threatens the current Prime Minister David Cameron, with whom Rebekah Brooks dined with over Christmas.
Rebekah Brooks became the youngest editor of a British national newspaper when she was appointed News of the World editor in 2000.
But like they say: the bigger they come the harder they fall and her fall from grace may soon end in ignominy. Transforming Brooks from a key player in British media and politics to a figure of scorn and ridicule.
On Sunday, the day of Brooks arrest, budget airline Ryanair placed an advert in the Observer newspaper featuring a photo Rebekah Brooks.
“Hacked Off with High Fares… I’m outta here with Ryanair!” the caption for the Irish airline crowed.