News International agrees to pay family in hacking scandal
From left, Bob, Sally and Gemma Dowler, the surviving relatives of a phone hacking victim Milly Dowler, were in settlement talks.
October 21st, 2011
10:54 AM ET

News International agrees to pay family in hacking scandal

News International, publisher of the now-defunct News of the World newspaper in Great Britain, has agreed to pay 2 million British pounds - the equivalent of $3.2 million - to the family of British teen Milly Dowler, who disappeared in 2002 and was later found dead.

Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of chief executive of News Corporation, the parent company of News International, personally apologized to Dowler's family in July amid allegations that News of the World journalists secretly listened to the girl's voicemail after she disappeared.

Dowler, 13, disappeared in 2002 and was later found dead.

"As the founder of the company, I was appalled to find out what happened," Murdoch said after speaking with the family in July.

As part of the settlement, announced Friday by News International and the Dowler family, Murdoch will pay 1 million British pounds - about $1.6 million - to charities chosen by the Dowler family. Those charities "represent causes close to Milly and those that provide support to other victims of crime," a statement from News International and Dowler family sai

Revelations surfaced in July that journalists working for the News of the World at the time of her disappearance had eavesdropped on Dowler's phone, deleting some of her messages to make room for more. The deletion of messages gave the family hope she was still alive when she was already dead.

Public and political outrage in Britain was immediate and intense, and less than a week after the reports surfaced, News International chief executive James Murdoch ordered the closing of News of the World, a best-selling Sunday paper. James Murdoch is the son of Rupert Murdoch.

Previously, News of the World apologized for hacking into the voice mails of celebrities and politicians, paying compensation to actress Sienna Miller and offering money to others. An out-of-court settlement of 700,000 pounds (U.S. $1.2 million) was paid to English soccer executive Gordon Taylor for "illegal voicemail interception."

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  1. BOND, JAMES

    He has no concious, truely self absorbed ego maniac, that wont stop, because you cant stop that kind of money from doing as it wishes without the moral and legal boundries that restrict the rest, he can keep his money, ill keep my morals, and hell get to burnin before me

    October 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Thanks James Bond, but Rupert Murdoch did not actively participate in this scandal himself, one of his employees did. So your rant on the "self absorbed ego maniac" seems to be more projection than reality. Thanks for keeping with the liberal talking points though, a message board post wouldn't be complete without the first 400 insane comments from liberals.

      October 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • braineyack

      Tim,
      Your and nothing but a blind puppet. This is how the super wealthy, gets away with crimes. You would have gone to jail for the rest of your life. RM coughs up chump change. And people like you are the chump for kissing their buttt.

      October 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Ahh yes, Tim. As long as there's someone else to point a finger at, a leader can absolve himself of all responsibility, right? That seems to be the Republican mantra lately.

      October 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nah

      jeremy: "Ahh yes, Tim. As long as there's someone else to point a finger at, a leader can absolve himself of all responsibility, right? That seems to be the Republican mantra lately."

      Nah. It has to do with actual culpability. If Murdoch knew or should have known of the hacking, then he's culpable for his employee's crimes. But if he couldn't know, and it isn't reasonable to say he should have known, then you (and society) have no right to punish him.

      I know logic isn't a liberal's strong point, and emotional reactions are the best we can hope for, but please try. Please?

      October 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      @Bond, James... Murdoch has no "conscious"? Uh, how about "conscience" instead? Haha.

      October 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gold Finger

      Oh, but if people like you James Bond were out of the way, I would rule the world.

      October 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • JAMES420

      AMEN !

      October 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOND, JAMES

    All the justice you can afford!

    October 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mario puzo

    Sarah Palin is NOT A LIAR. She's too stupid to lie.

    October 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AM

    They should have had to pay more.

    October 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rob

    Fox channels should be banned from every cable system. They cost too much to the viewers and Hearst-wannabe Rupert Murdoch is a bigoted Nazi. All Faux News executives should be prosecuted for hate speech.

    October 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pipan

      Now come back and join us in the world of reality. lmao

      October 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • pmn

      What does this have to do with the article? Stop kissing CNN's behind! Suck up!

      October 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rosslaw

    News Corp. and the Murdock family are criminals as defined by their actions. Hacking and bribery of police has taken place in the United States as well. Can't wait for Rupert to do the perp walk.

    October 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • pmn

      Reaaallllly?! You can really make that type of statement regarding the Murdochs who lost their daughter as being criminals. It was a direct violiation of person's privacy as well as jeoparadizes an investigation. News International had no right!

      October 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sam

    Maybe this is all the family wanted, but a settlement means no criminal case. News Corp. must be held responsible in a real sense. They are one of the largest news companies, yet they continue to violate the most basic journalistic codes of conduct. Their criminally-enhanced reporting and the blatant lies they concoct makes them a real danger to the integrity of public information. Other news companies aren't angelic either, but News Corp definitely sets a bad example of cheapness and sensationalism that others often have to follow in order to keep up.

    Laws need to be generated to prevent this kind of thing. Anything short of that is useless.

    October 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Marthalynne Webb

    The rhetoric is a little off the wall here. Rupert Murdoch is the owner of a large media enterprise. His employees behave by example. Rupert Murdoch is responsible for the actions of his employees whether or not he participated. HE sets the tone. That being said, put yourself in the shoes of those who hacked a child's cellphone when she had been kidnapped. These are individuals with no conscience whatsoever. The solar system revolves around THEM and their ambitions. When owners and managers and fellow employees condone this behavior, the innocent pay . . . sometimes with their lives. I think the young lady's family should get $10 billion and watch the perpetrators of the hacking being drawn and quartered.

    October 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nah

      marth: "The rhetoric is a little off the wall here. Rupert Murdoch is the owner of a large media enterprise. His employees behave by example."

      Of course. Because employees who are full grown adults are not responsible for anything they do. Hence, if they do something bad, sneeze wrong, or release their bowels on their desk, it's all because they saw Rupert Murdoch do it.

      "HE sets the tone"

      Which is just to make the argument circular. How do we know Murdoch caused the hacking? Because he sets the tone. And he set the tone by calling for hacking. Therefore we know Murdoch caused the hacking.

      October 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    I cant stop thinking about Sadams hole

    October 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Philip, we have a feeling you can't stop thinking about the holes of a lot of guys. 😉

      October 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Charlie R.

    Tim,
    Constricting every opinion to a narrow Political view (Liberal vs. Conservative) is equal to viewing the world through a single colored tinted pair of glasses, and you do yourself a disservice by coming across as "narrow-minded" person.
    The issue here is not Liberal vs. Conservative, it is simply Right vs. Wrong, and I for one, do not care if the culprit has liberal or conservative political/economic views; WRONG is wrong! regardless of affiliation (political or otherwise).
    A Murdoch owned business did wrong; they need to be held accountable… to the tune of 2 mill pounds.

    October 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kelly

    I know some of you people are upset. Deservedly so. But don't write stupid, ludicrous comments and ask for things to be done that have zero basis in law. Calm down, speak sensibly and stop making fools of yourselves.

    October 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. www.twitter.com/hlmelsaid

    Hacking case settlement.

    October 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Miltonboy

    That should be enough to bring their daughter back! Wait, no it won't!!

    October 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. strapper

    farce news buys itself out of another jam

    October 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jassygiril

    I see no one asked the question of who killed her and how did she die? I must have missed that portion of the news

    October 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
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