LONDON (AP) — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called on News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch to reconsider his bid for broadcaster BSkyB.
Clegg says the outpouring of revulsion in Britain following the phone hacking scandal makes it critical that he “do the decent and sensible thing” and reconsider his bid.
Clegg spoke after a meeting with the family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler. The scandal exploded last week when it was reported that the News of the World newspaper had hacked the phone of the 13-year-old murder victim in 2002 — even as her family were frantically searching for her.
Culture Minister Jeremy Hunt also said Monday that he doesn’t want to make a rushed decision on BSkyB.
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LONDON (AP) — The family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler says News International executive Rebekah Brooks should resign because she led the News of the World during the time of the worst lapses in the phone hacking scandal.
The lawyer for Dowler’s parents, Mark Lewis, says Brooks should take editorial responsibility. He offered the family’s view after they met with Britain’s deputy prime minister Monday.
The scandal exploded last week when it was reported that the newspaper had hacked the phone of the 13-year-old murder victim in 2002 — even as her family were frantically searching for her. The tabloid’s operatives reportedly deleted some messages from the phone’s voicemail, giving the girl’s parents false hope that she was still alive.
Brooks has insisted she was unaware of the hacking.