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Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire media mogul who seems to own everything from newspapers to television stations, is facing the heat these days as his News Corp company continues to crumble. 

News of the World, Murdoch’s primary printing machine, shut down two weeks ago after it was revealed that they hacked the phones of murder victim Milly Dowler, as well as victims of the 7/7 terrorist attacks, and the July 7, 2005 London bombings.

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Since then, a Pandora’s Box of information has been released and the Murdoch brand is in serious jeopardy. For instance, according to Bloomberg.com, News Corp. is considering elevating Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey to chief executive officer to succeed Rupert Murdoch.

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Add to that Murdoch’s Chief News executive, Rebekah Brooks, resigned in the wake of the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

It’s safe to say the last couple of weeks have been a nightmare for the billionaire media mogul.

As this current News of the World scandal continues to dominate headlines, we decided to break it down and hit you with some facts about the hacking scandal that will likely put a dent in Murdoch’s news empire. Take a look at what we found. 

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In January of 2011, British police begin their investigation into allegations of phone hacking at the tabloid called Operation Weeting after actress Sienna Miller and other English politicians’ phones began getting hacked.

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Lord Prescott, former Deputy Prime Minister, a victim of phone hacking by the News of the World, calls for the government to hold an independent public inquiry into the issue.

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In 2002 Milly Dowler, 13, was abducted and murdered on her way home from school at the age of 13. Her body was discovered on September 18, 2002. In July of 2011, a lawyer for the Dowler family said he learned from police that Milly Dowler’s voicemail messages had been hacked by News of the World investigators while police were searching for her. The lawyers claim some of her voicemails had been deleted to make room for more messages, misleading police and her family into thinking Milly was still alive.

This goes to show how far back News of the World has been involved in hacking people’s phones.

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In July 2011, News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks says she is shocked that Milly Dowler’s phone was hacked.

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Rupert Murdoch taps News Corp executive Joel Klein to overlook all and everything having to do with the hacking allegations. The Daily Telegraph reports that the Sunday tabloid hacked into the phones of relatives of British soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation announces it will close down the News of the World, ending the publication that has been running since 1843.

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In July 2011, the FBI announces that it has begun an investigation into the alleged hacking of the phones of 9/11 victims and their families.

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Rebekah Brooks resigns and gets arrested. In statement, she said that her “desire to remain on the bridge” has made her the “focal point and this is now detracting attention from all our honest endeavours to fix the problem.”

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Rupert Murdoch apologizes for the News of the World’s phone hacking scandal calling it a “serious wrongdoing.” Rebekah Brooks agrees to appear before Members of Parliament on July 19 and James and Rupert Murdoch agree to appear before the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

The CMSSC is one of the Select Committees of the British House of Commons. It oversees the operations of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, they are pretty much the FCC of England.