Lisa O’Caroll, The Guardian:
The number of possible victims of phone hacking by the News of the World private investigator Glenn Mulcaire is now close to 5,800, the Metropolitan police have confirmed.
This is 2,000 more than previously identified by detectives tasked with trawling through 11,000 pages of notes seized from Mulcaire’s home.
A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: “…This figure is very likely to be revised in the future as a result of further analysis.”
And Mulcaire was only one of several investigators.
And the top HR lady is quitting to spend more time with her family. Dominic Rushe, The Guardian:
News Corp’s top human resources executive has quit the media conglomerate as it deals with the effects of a phone-hacking scandal at its UK newspapers.
Beryl Cook, who had been with News Corp for 22 years, had been a long-time colleague of James Murdoch, now under parliamentary investigation for his role in the hacking scandal that has so tarnished News Corp’s image.
Cook worked with Murdoch at British Sky Broadcasting in London, when he ran the satellite TV service. She moved to New York in 2007 and was seen as a key ally of James Murdoch…
HR people know where the bodies are buried; specifically, they know why people get fired, why they get financial settlements, etc.
And the BSkyB thing is shaky. Josh Halliday, The Guardian:
The culture secretary declined an opportunity to throw his support behind James Murdoch’s continuing chairmanship of BSkyB, with the minister saying he could not give a settled view until police and public inquiries had concluded.
Jeremy Hunt, answering questions in the House of Commons on Thursday, said that “the most important thing is that the truth comes out” when asked if James Murdoch was a “fit and proper” person to run BSkyB.