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'News of the World': Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. pay Dowlers

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The U.K. division of News Corp. has agreed to pay £3 million (US $4.8 million) to family members of Milly Dowler who were deeply affected by the News of the World‘s hacking scandal, reports Bloomberg. According to a statement, News. Corp head Rupert Murdoch was personally involved in the negotiations of this, the largest payout of the entire months-long scandal, and is personally footing the bill for a £1 million charitable donation included in the settlement. The remaining two million pounds will go to the Dowlers, whose 13-year-old daughter Milly disappeared in 2002. NOTW reporters dramatically impeded the police investigation by erasing voicemails left on Milly’s cell phone and gave the Dowlers false hope that their daughter might still be alive. Acknowledged Murdoch, “The behavior that the News of the World exhibited towards the Dowlers was abhorrent.”

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