Frontline tackles Murdoch scandal
The program opens with the sound of a ringing phone, followed by an answering machine. This is followed in short order by the Guardian’s Nick Davies telling the camera that the first he heard of the phone-hacking scandal was when somebody called him from out of the blue.
Davies broke the story for the Guardian, a rival newspaper to Murdoch’s News of the World, and is now writing a book with the working title Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with the World’s Most Powerful Man.
“It’s not just a story about journalists behaving badly,” Davies tells Frontline. “It’s a story that immediately, by fluke, takes you into not just the most powerful news organization in the country, but also the most powerful police service in the country, and the most powerful political party. And in all of these, you find them behaving wrongly, illegally, immorally.”