As the phone hacking investigation that ripped through UK politics and media moves to the US, what next for Murdoch media, and how will the story develop in 2012?
An in-depth look at what was the biggest media story of last year – the tabloid phone hacking scandal that shook the world’s most powerful media corporation and is sure to cause more tremors in the year to come.
The big turning point in the Guardian newspaper’s investigation into phone hacking at the Murdoch tabloid News of the World came on July 4, 2011. A front page report revealed that the extensive phone hacking operation at the News of the World had not targeted just film stars, sportsmen and politicians, but even victims of crime like the 13-year-old British school girl Milly Dowler who was murdered in 2002.
The report boosted what had been a serious but low profile journalistic investigation into a mega media story that ensnared not only News Corp, the Murdochs and some of their key employees, but also exposed the ugly nexus between British police, the British political establishment and Murdoch media.