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Rupert Murdoch flies to UK to deal with escalating newspaper crisis

A number of senior staff at The Sun have been arrested in recent weeks in connection with payments to public officials.

Media baron Rupert Murdoch
Media baron Rupert Murdoch
Image: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

MEDIA TYCOON RUPERT Murdoch has flown into London to talk to News International journalists in an attempt to deal with the escalating crisis at his newspapers.

He is expected to address journalists at The Sun and The Times at their east London headquarters this morning.

Murdoch landed at Luton airport last night and refused to make any comment to reporters outside his home in London, according to Reuters.

A number of current and former staff of The Sun have been arrested in recent weeks in connection with an investigation into alleged corrupt payments to police officers and public officials by journalists.

Sun journalists are angry with Murdoch and senior staff over how police investigators were handed information by an internal News Corporation committee, the BBC reports.

Police in London carried out a search of the offices of Murdoch’s British papers at the end of January.

“The management has done nothing to protect us from this appalling invasion of our work,” a source told Reuters. “Nobody has said, ‘You can’t do this to journalists’. A lot of people are angry”.

The Sun is a sister paper of the News of the World, which was closed by Murdoch last year following revelations that the paper had been involved in hacking the phones of public figures.

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