Murdoch Sun arrests

February 12, 2012 by staff 

Murdoch Sun arrests, Rupert Murdoch will fly to Britain this week to deal with a spiralling new crisis in his media empire after five staff at his tabloid The Sun were arrested on corruption charges, sources said on Sunday.

The Australian-born tycoon said he was committed to the UK’s biggest selling paper, but employees reportedly fear he could close The Sun as he shut the News of the World last July amid a scandal over phone hacking.

The latest allegations, involving Sun journalists bribing police and public officials for information, are a new blow for Murdoch’s US-based News Corporation, which also owns Fox News and the Wall Street Journal.

Murdoch will come to London “later in the week”, a person familiar with the matter told AFP. The person said Murdoch’s visit had already been planned before the arrests happened.

Another source close to the matter said he would meet with journalists at The Sun to reassure them about the future of the paper, which he bought in 1969 and which sells around 2.5 million copies a day.

In an email to staff on Saturday, Tom Mockridge, the chief executive of Murdoch’s British newspaper subsidiary News International, said that Murdoch would stand by The Sun in the hour of its “greatest challenge”.

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