News of the World to Admit to Hacking

The British tabloid News of the World, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., is going to admit to hacking into the voicemails of celebrities. News International, the tabloid's parent company, says it has established a compensation fund for lawsuits over the hacking scandal and has already approached some claimants with an “unreserved apology.” According to BBC News, the company believes most claims would be settled for less than £100,000 ($163,000) and that in total it would pay out less than £20 million ($32 million). Among the 24 people currently suing the paper are Sienna Miller, former Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, and soccer commentator Andy Gray. On Tuesday, News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and former editor Ian Edmondson were arrested on suspicion of illegally intercepting voicemail messages.