Phone-hacking fallout in British/U.S. media

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Sunday's last edition of "News of the World," after the paper ended its 168-year run in disgrace after a phone-hacking scandal. (AP Photo)

Hour 1

A media scandal across the pond has implications for the U.S. media landscape, because it revolves around Rupert Murdoch’s global media empire. The Australian-born Murdoch is best known in the U.S. for founding the FOX Network, owning The New York Post and, more recently, buying The Wall Street Journal. But Murdoch entered the U.S. media landscape after conquering England’s. But one of four Murdoch newspapers in London’s chaotic newspaper scrum, the News of the World, stopped its run Sunday amid scandal, investigations and shame, having admitted to hacking the phones of British celebrities and, most scandalously, those of a 13-year-old murder victim and deployed soldiers. The scandal has rocked the British political scene, revealed the lengths of Murdoch’s political influence, and caused some to wonder what the effects overseas might be. We’ll start with an update from ALAN COWELL of The New York Times. Then, joining us to make sense of all this and more, including the U.S. media frenzy during and after a Florida jury acquitted Casey Anthony in the murder of her daughter Caylee, are ERIC DEGGANS, TV/Media Critic for the St. Petersburg Times, and MARK JURKOWITZ, associate director of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

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