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. us1776

    Rupert Murdoch is a Fascist.

    He believes in the mixing of governments and corporations.

    He believes that fraud and corruption are good business plans.

    He is a throwback to the 1930's.

    His Fox Network is nothing more than a pure extremist rightwing propaganda outlet that would have made Joseph Goebbels envious.


    October 21, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Rupert who?

      I agree

      October 21, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Jcbo

      I agree!!

      October 21, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • notogop

      Very well said. I hope the US goes after him/them here. You know very well, Faux Noise has done the same things here by to their lack of honesty and bias in their reporting

      October 21, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • BGJ

      1, 2, 3, 4...just counting the idiots in the room

      October 21, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      BGJ is a big fan of news groups hacking into your private life.

      October 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steadydonkey

      You hit the nail right on the head. I any one of us did the hacking we be in jail. You can't send a corporation to jail. Darn.

      October 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Murdoch is a monster!

      I agree with US1776.

      October 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chandra

      I hope it goes as a criminal record. When is US going after FOX News. They spread hatred and do not report any news.

      October 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • whsj

      Amen...the Fox News zombies don't have the desire or ability to research an issue.

      October 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Webspy


    October 21, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. FauxNewz

    The reporters who did this should go to jail. The search effort for her was virtually stopped after they thought she was retrieving her voice mails.

    October 21, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrisg

    This is just another example of the FOX news networks hacking crimes. Murdoch and Faux news will be inditied for their crimes.

    October 21, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • marty

      dont count on it. As soon as AG Holden got too close to Murdoch, the Koch brothers, and the bankers in Wall Street, they went after him. These people are invincible because the public is in a deep coma and dont realize this is no longer a democracy.

      October 21, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. marty

    is that a joke? Murdoch steals..err....makes than in one minute. Murdoch has been one of the key players in the tanking of the economy with a fake news media site aimed at brainwashing the masses with irrelevant inflammatory issues and vile attacks on anybody that signifies a threat to his or his friends empire with blatant misinformation. He is a weapon of mass destruction.

    October 21, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat2u

    Does this mean that Fox news network will disappear ? Pleeeeeez ?

    October 21, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • BGJ

      you can't handle the truth.

      October 21, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Ghost of Murdoch

      @BGJ. Troll

      October 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Duane

    Sadly the money won't bring their daughter back

    October 21, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dinae

    Stop by the readers comments sometime. It's a red neck hatefest 90% of the time. This is the audience that the Murdoch companies pander to. And ironically, this same audience thinks they are "true"patriots, while they believe all the garbage that an Australian throws at them.

    October 21, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Rights and Lefts

      More like 95% of the time.

      October 21, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Aretak

      Stop by readers comments sometime. It's a liberal, socialist hatefest 90% of the time. This is the audience that the Warner companies pander to. And ironically, this same audience thinks they are "true"patriots, while they believe all the garbage that Warner companies throw at them. Gee DInae...this is another one.

      October 21, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Ghost of Murdoch

      @Aretak. Even if true, there's a difference between Fox as a broadcaster saying that and people like us making comments. CNN as a broadcaster is pretty much middle-of-the-road.

      October 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dinae

      Aretak, I read 4 or 5 of the large News sites on a regular basis. NONE have readers comments as nasty as Fox's by a long shot. From the ever-constant "Libtard" "Socialists" "Communists", to outright racist comments about president and Michelle Obama.

      October 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. James

    3.2 million please Rupert come away with 20 million everytime he cleans behind the couch cushions

    October 21, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Is that sleazy Piers Morgan going to defend his former employer again tonight?

    CNN should have hired Howie Mandel instead.

    October 21, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT (kcmo resident and smoker of fine purple kush)

    i want some money to... i think he was my 4th or 5th cousin of my dad's brother in law's room mate......

    October 21, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    OK. They paid for the damages to the family. Now, let's move-on to the criminal case. How many years will the peple invilved in these illegal activities be serving in prison? Will there even be a criminal case. Will it be like preists caught red-handed molesting boys who take some of God's money and give it to the boys families, but never face criminal charges in open court...never serve 20 yrs., etc.?

    October 21, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. amazed

    Wow! I am shocked that there are actually people out there that believe as I do! Fox News is a glorified rag magazine. We have to pass a law requiring truth and honesty in reporting with stiff penalties for those who don't.

    October 21, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • BGJ

      guess they'll have to shut down MSNBC and that shrill Rachel Madcow.

      October 21, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bobby

    Ridiculous. They didn't kill her.

    October 21, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Ghost of Murdoch

      But they effectively stopped the search for her when there could have been a realistic chance of finding her.

      October 21, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beto

      This is not about who killed her. It's about making them pay for braking the laws regarding the privacy of a citizen. How would you like it if some of these powerful people paid someone to find out all about you without your consent?

      October 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Beto

    Awwwww! look at BGJ boy, he is hurt. Too much people here hates Fox New Network! Weke-up! there is a good reason why intelligent people here are making those posts about about your Fox Network News. Just keep reading, you'll might just find out the bunch of crap Fox Network News is!

    October 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
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