Bloomberg Anywhere Remote Login Bloomberg Terminal Demo Request


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

News Corp. Tabloid Bribery Suspect Cleared by U.K. Prosecutors

A public official suspected of taking bribes from journalists at News Corp.’s Sun tabloid in Britain won’t be charged in the widening investigation, U.K. prosecutors said.

The person, who wasn’t named, was arrested last year as part of Operation Elveden, the probe into corrupt payments by reporters and editors at News Corp. titles, the Crown Prosecution Service said today in a statement.

The person “has been informed today that no further action is being taken in relation to these allegations of misconduct in public office,” Alison Levitt, the agency’s principal legal adviser, said in the statement.

The probe, which has triggered more than 50 arrests, has focused on the Sun, Britain’s best-selling daily tabloid, and the News of the World, which Chairman Rupert Murdoch closed last year to help quell public anger over a related phone-hacking scandal. New York-based News Corp. has spent at least $315 million in civil settlements with victims, legal fees and other costs related to the wrongdoing.

The unidentified public official was being considered for charges in relation to three other people who were charged on Nov. 20, including Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive officer of News Corp.’s U.K. unit, and Bettina Jordan Barber, a defense ministry employee. Andy Coulson, who edited the News of the World, was charged in the bribery probe the same day.

Brooks is accused of paying 100,000 pounds ($157,500) to a defense ministry employee, while Coulson allegedly swapped cash for a palace phone directory for the royal family and their staff, the CPS said in November. The CPS didn’t provide details of what the unidentified official was suspected of.

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.