Saturday, April 13, 2024

Another Arrest in Hacking Scandal: Hollywood-Based UK Reporter


The UK Guardian reports that the first US arrest in the Murdoch hacking scandal has happened. James Desborough, who won awards in Britain for getting amazing scoops, has been charged by Scotland Yard. He’s the 13th person arrested in the News of the World scandal, but the first in the U.S. Desborough was rewarded for all his scoops by being made head of the L.A. office of the News of the World in 2009. He was arrested in London, presumably because Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World no longer exists. He was praised for getting information so good that even the subject’s family members didn’t know about.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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