News Corp. Would Prefer Its Directors Not Face Charges for Neglect

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News Corp. chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch emerges from a meeting with key members of the Bancroft family, who controls Dow Jones & Co., Monday, June 4, 2007 in New York.  The family had initially rebuffed Murdoch's $5 billion offer for Dow Jones & Co. in early May, but last Thursday agreed to meet with him.  (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Britain's Crown Prosecution Service is still looking into charging News Corp. board members with neglect of their duties in the never-ending phone-hacking scandal, the Guardian reports. However: "Company lawyers, fearing a dramatic escalation of the hacking scandal by criminalizing the boards on which Murdoch family members sit, are understood to have protested to the authorities." Pretty please! But even the possibility is enough to officially declare that today is not a good day for the publishing side of things.