Correspondent Lowell Bergman examines the battle over the future of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch's reputation and his family's fortunes.
For over half a century Rupert Murdoch's business audacity and political shrewdness built one of the world's most powerful media empires. Now his dynasty is under threat - not from outside competition, but from shocking accounts of bribery, blackmail, and invasion of privacy. The scandal has cracked open the insular world of the Murdoch family, its news executives, and the political elite who court their favour.
In a joint production with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman tells the story of phone hacking, bribery and thebattle over the future of News Corporation in Murdoch’s Scandal.It’s a saga still unfolding. The scandal has prompted criminal investigationson both sides of the Atlantic. Dozens of journalists and top executivesfrom Murdoch’s papers have been arrested. And both Murdoch and his sonJames were summoned to appear before the parliamentary committee investigatingthe crisis.
In Murdoch’s Scandal, Bergman interviews three individuals whoendured considerable intimidation from News International—the Britisharm of Murdoch’s empire—during their lonely battles to force the scandalinto the light: Nick Davies, the reporter who broke the phone-hacking storyfor rival newspaper The Guardian; Labour MP Tom Watson, who keenly questionedMurdoch at his parliamentary hearing; and Mark Lewis, the lawyerfor more than 80 alleged phone-hacking victims. In a practice called “monstering,”Murdoch’s tabloids vanquished those who got in the way, usingthe papers to embarrass and intimidate. But despite News International’sefforts, Davies, Watson and Lewis have been at the forefront of a campaignto bring accountability to Murdoch’s papers.
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