The British journalist who broke the story about the News of the World hackings will publish a book about the tabloid's collapse next fall.
A salacious tabloid shutdown, a global media empire tarnished, an octogenarian media mogul humbled, an entire nation incensed by an outrageous phone hacking scandal.
It is, ironically, a story right out of tabloid headlines.
It’s not tabloid material, of course, but the story of Rupert Murdoch’s ill-fated News of the World phone-hacking scandal. And it’s a story publishers couldn’t resist.
British journalist Nick Davies, the Guardian reporter who broke the News Corp. story has already signed the first book deal. “HackAttack: How the Truth Caught up with the World's Most Powerful Man,” published by Faber and Faber, a subsidiary of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, will hit US shelves in the fall of 2012.
In July 2009, Mr. Davies broke the story that Mr. Murdoch’s media company had paid £1 million to settle accusations that “News of the World” journalists had illegally hacked the phones of victims, politicians, and celebrities. His reporting revealed that the phone hacking scandal was much more widespread than initial police investigations first suggested.
Davies's book will consider the hacking scandal in the wider context of Rupert Murdoch's power over governments and relationships with the power-elite of the UK.