The news business made Rupert Murdoch billions.
But the world’s most powerful media magnate left his London home as a man under siege – as his business dramatically sheds value.
His son James left to fend off the difficult questions.
News International, the British newspaper arm of Murdoch’s News Corporation, maintains illegal phone hacking only took place at the tabloid News of the World, which it closed on Sunday.
But there are growing allegations about other News International titles.
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown accuses the respected Sunday Times newspaper of accessing his personal information illegally.
[Gordon Brown, Former British Prime Minister]:
“I think what happened pretty early on in government is that the Sunday Times appear to have got access to my building society accounts, they got access to my legal files, there’s some question mark as to what happened to other files, documentation, tax and everything else, but I’m shocked, I’m genuinely shocked to find that this happened because of their links with criminals.”
Private information revealing that Brown’s son Fraser had cystic fibrosis was also revealed by the Sun newspaper, though sources at the paper say it was gathered legally.
But even British Prime Minister David Cameron is now sympathising with his former political enemy.
[David Cameron, British Prime Minister]:
“My heart goes out to Gordon and Sarah because to have your privacy invaded in that way and I know this myself particularly when your child isn’t well is completely unacceptable and heartbreaking for the family concerned.”
Murdoch’s British newspaper business is just one arm of a global empire which includes lucrative television and film units.
The scandal has already seen News Corporation lose 15 percent of its value.
To help boost the company Murdoch has announced a $5 billion share buy back.
And the Times, which is owned by Murdoch, reports that he might consider selling the three remaining British newspapers he owns.
Shares in Brtain’s BSkyB tumbled nearly two percent after Murdoch delayed his bid to take full control of the satellite television service.
Sue Aker is leading a new inquiry into phone hacking and why London police didn’t investigate it fully enough.
She told a parliamentary committee only 170 of nearly 4,000 alleged phone hacking victims have been contacted.
For News Corporation this is one story which looks set to run and run.