Yesterday afternoon in a powerful Guardian exclusive, investigative journalist Nick Davies reported that the Murdoch News Group papers paid £1m to ‘gag’ phone-hacking victims.
Rupert Murdoch, who owns News Group, recently argued he had little influence on his publications’ editorial content; it would be interesting to see how his other UK papers would treat the story about their sister title today.
Let’s see how each of the UK news websites is running the story [as around 9.30 – 10 am]. [News organisations owned by Murdoch are labelled (M).]
Note: Observations correct at time of writing; subject to updates.
- The BBC has headlined many of its bulletins across radio and TV with the story. Channel 4 ran with the story yesterday. Both news sites feature the story as the main article. Sky News (M) ran it last night and its main (breaking) story on its website is “Cameron: ‘Coulson’s Job Is Safe'”.
- Guardian: Top story with several supplementary features and stories
- Telegraph.co.uk: ‘Newspaper embroiled in alleged £1 million cover-up of phone tapping’ – front page
- TimesOnline (M): Run ‘Cameron told to dump aide over tapping claims’ – in ‘more news section’ on front page
- Financial Times: ‘Murdoch reporters accused over phone hacking’ – front page of main site
- Independent.co.uk: ‘Cameron aide faces phone hacking row’ – front page of main site
- Wall Street Journal Europe online: ‘British Tabloids Face Scrutiny By Government on Privacy Issues’ – front page
- Mirror.co.uk: ‘Tabloid bosses face phone taps quiz’ – Latest news section
- Daily Mail: In news headline section – ‘Prescott calls for police probe into claims journalists bugged his phone‘
- DailyStar.co.uk: Rupert’s £1m bill
- Express.co.uk: ‘News Group’s ‘1M Phone Tap Payouts’ – front page
- Sun.co.uk (M): Not running the story
- NewsoftheWorld.co.uk (M): Not running the story
The Murdoch empire (source: BBC website / News Corp)
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Gold Coast Bulletin
Sunday Herald Sun
The Sunday Mail
The Sunday Telegraph