London: Rupert Murdoch’s media firm News Corporation has reportedly launched a review of anti-corruption controls in its publishing arms.
According to the media tycoon, the company launched the probe as a ‘forward-looking review’ to improve compliance with bribery laws.
Murdoch told News Corp staff in a memo on Wednesday that the anti-corruption review was ‘not based on any suspicion of wrongdoing by any particular business unit or its personnel’.
“We have already strengthened and expanded our anti-bribery training programmes. To ensure the effectiveness of our entire compliance and ethics programme, we have recently initiated a review of anti-corruption controls in selected locations around the globe,” Murdoch said in the memo.
"Let me emphasise that the review is not based on any suspicion of wrongdoing by any particular business unit or its personnel. Rather, it is a forward-looking review based on our commitment to improve anti-corruption controls throughout the company,” he added.
According to The Guardian, the memo described the review as focused on selected locations around the globe.
One of these locations is London, where News International publishes the Sun, the Times and the Sunday Times, and had also published the now-closed News of the World.
According to the paper, it is clear that News International’s broad internal anti-corruption review began officially in July last year, when Tom Mockridge replaced Rebekah Brooks as chief executive.
The probe accelerated when Imogen Haddon took over as chief compliance officer at News International in March.