The Madeleine Brand Show for February 17, 2012

Murdoch seeks to pacify Sun employees amid crisis

Rupert Murdoch

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Rupert Murdoch addressed angry employees following the arrest of five senior staff members of British tabloid newspaper "The Sun."

Last week, five senior staff members of British tabloid newspaper "The Sun" were arrested amid speculation that they had bribed police and other officials for information. Friday, Rupert Murdoch addressed his staff in an attempt to pacify employee fury.

In a memo to staff that preceded his appearance at The Sun, Murdoch assured staff that "illegal activities simply cannot and will not be tolerated," but that they were "doing everything [they] can to assist those who were arrested," adding that "all suspensions [for the arrested journalists] are hereby lifted until or whether charged, and they are welcome to return to work." Murdoch also announced that a new Sunday edition of the popular tabloid would be launched soon.

The announcements came as a welcome relief to many of the journalists at The Sun, but not everyone in the press room was convinced. As one journalist told Sky news, "It'll take more than a handshake, and we're not out of the woods yet but it's a start."

NPR Media Correspondent David Folkenflik joins the show to discuss Murdoch's controversial announcements.


David Folkenflik is an NPR Media Correspondent.

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