FBI’S News Corp. probe goes to Rus­sia

The Washington Times Daily - - Business -

NEW YORK | The FBI is in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether a Rus­sian bill­board com­pany once owned by me­dia gi­ant News Corp. bribed lo­cal of­fi­cials to get sign place­ments ap­proved.

Two peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion told the As­so­ci­ated Press that it will ex­am­ine op­er­a­tions at for­mer News Corp. sub­sidiary News Out­door Rus­sia.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion grew out of Bri­tain’s phone-hack­ing scan­dal, which re­vealed that jour­nal­ists at Ru­pert Mur­doch’s News of the World tabloid il­le­gally eaves­dropped on politi­cians, celebri­ties, sports stars and even crime vic­tims to score scoops.

The two peo­ple spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A spokes­woman for News Corp. in New York did not im­me­di­ately re­turn a call seek­ing com­ment.

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