As ‘Murdoch’s Scandal’ Unravels, Many Implicated
Allegations of phone hacking and bribery brought down Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid News of the World. Criminal and parliamentary investigations are now under way in the U.K., and dozens of journalists and top executives from Murdoch’s paper have been arrested.
Scotland Yard has been investigating the scandal, but several police officials from that iconic institution have also been implicated; they’re accused of accepting bribes from reporters at Murdoch’s papers.
Lowell Bergman is a producer and correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline. He is also a professor at the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
“A number of them went to work for Murdoch’s paper afterward — these are higher-level officials — and we don’t know what other things went on,” says PBS Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman. “We have plenty of rumors, lots of stories — but for sure, the police themselves have stood up and said that at The Sun, one of Murdoch’s papers, there was a ‘culture of corruption.’”
Murdoch’s Scandal, Bergman’s Frontline documentary, which airs March 27 on PBS stations, details how the story broke. It also profiles the people who uncovered information about the scandal — and the price they paid for trying to bring it to light.