Murdoch’s U.S. empire begins to ‘explode and unravel’ as long-time lieutenant Les Hinton resigns
Worked for tycoon since starting on the Adelaide News in 1960
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17th July 2011
Rupert Murdoch’s most long-serving and trusted servant has followed in the footsteps of Rebekah Brooks and fallen on his sword.
Les Hinton, 67, who has worked for the tycoon for 52 years, has resigned from his post as chief executive of Dow Jones, which publishes the Wall Street Journal.
His loss will hit Murdoch hard and adds weight to claims from one of President Obama’s closest allies last night that his U.S. empire is beginning to ‘explode and unravel’ in the wake of the phone hacking scandal.
The claim came as Murdoch’s control over Fox and other cable channels appeared under increasing threat, with reports he could lose his television licences if found guilty of breaching anti-bribery laws
And Attorney General Eric Holder piled more pressure on the News Corporation chief, as he confirmed the Justice Department is considering opening a formal investigation into whether the company tried to hack into the voicemails of 9/11 victims.
Hinton was executive chairman of News International in London from 1995 to 2007, periods when the News of the World was hacking phones.