Top Talker: Empire Under Fire

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Rupert Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks at the Stafford Hotel, London, Britain -  July 10, 2011
Rupert Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks at the Stafford Hotel, London, Britain - July 10, 2011
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There is new fall-out from the phone hacking and bribery scandal that has already brought down one of Britain’s largest newspapers. Former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks, one of Rupert Murdoch’s most trusted executives   was just released on bail after reportedly facing 12 hours on questioning at a London police station.   Brooks had been heading the British arm of Murdoch’s News Corp. media division when she stepped down last Friday.  A spokesperson says Brooks turned herself in and is cooperating with police   but continues to deny any wrongdoing. And late last night, London’s Police Commissioner abruptly resigned.   Paul Stephenson announced he was leaving his post amid allegations that his unit – which was investigating the scandal – was corrupt and had close ties with the former executive editor of News International’s now defunct “News of the World.”  Meanwhile, UK Labour leader Ed Milliband is now calling for the break-up of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire in Britain. The opposition leader says Murdoch has “too much power over British public life.”  

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