News Corp’s UK newspaper arm News International, the company that controlled the now-shuttered tabloid News Of The World, has set up a website for victims of the paper’s admitted phone-hacking scandal to seek compensation rather than go to trial. The company has appointed former UK High Court judge and arbitration expert Charles Gray “to act as an independent adjudicator to assess applications for compensation under the scheme.” The site could be busy fast: it launched the same day that London police revealed that they have ID’d 5,795 people in the notebooks of private eye Glenn Mulcaire, who was contracted by NOTW to hack into phones before his eventual arrest in 2006. The Metropolitan Police told the Financial Times that the number of hacking victims could be 50% higher than originally thought and more names could be uncovered. Meanwhile, the UK hacking probe spread from NOTW to the News Corp-owned tabloid The Sun on Friday, when Scotland Yard arrested a Sun journalist as part of a related investigation into News Corp employees bribing police and other government officials. News International confirmed the arrest, saying “the company is cooperating fully with the investigation.” It’s the first time the scandal has been linked to other Rupert Murdoch-owned newspapers.
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