A bad week for ...
Rupert Murdoch built a media empire on lurid headlines, but the scandal which has felled one of his top tabloids is the biggest controversy of his career. Murdoch killed off his 168-year-old News Of The World on Thursday after a furore in Britain over claims it hacked phones of relatives of murdered children and victims of the London bombings as well as bribing police for information. The demise of Britain's biggest-selling newspaper is likely to weaken the 80-year-old's grip on British politics, at least in the short term.
ATV shareholder Wang Zheng incurred the wrath of Beijing after the station's flagship 6pm news ran with a lead story that former president Jiang Zemin had died last Wednesday. It made an embarrassing retraction and apology the next day after it was slammed by Beijing for 'seriously breaching professional news ethics'. Wang says the first he knew of the story was when he saw it on his own news.
Once again Asia's finest were in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. An officer came under fire on Wednesday after he pulled out his revolver in a bid to contain a woman brandishing a pair of scissors. Criticism over his reaction, which was defended by his bosses, was compounded when the Independent Police Complaints Council revealed that there were more than 4,000 complaints against the force last year, a 44.4 per cent rise on 2009.