BROOKS CHARGED WITH COVER-UP
Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service on May 15 alleged that Rebekah Brooks, former News International CEO and editor of the News of the World, attempted to hide evidence from authorities investigating the hacking scandal that has rocked the U.K.
Brooks and husband Charles, who was also charged, said they “deplore this weak and unjust decision after the further unprecedented posturing of the CPS.” They were first told of the charges in January.
Alison Levitt, legal advisor to the CPS, announced the charges in the “interests of transparency and accountability.”
Brooks and an assistant are accused of removing seven boxes of material from the archives of NI. She is charged with husband, chauffeur and a security consultant with concealing documents and computers from detectives.
Earlier this month, Brooks, a mentee of News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, testified about her close ties with British prime minister David Cameron.
KRAMER NAMED USAT PUB
Larry Kramer, former head of CBS Digital Media and founder of Dow Jones & Co.’s MarketWatch, is the new publisher/president of USA Today, the flagship of Gannett Co.
The 40-year media veteran currently is a consultant and adjunct professor of media management at the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.
Gracia Martore, CEO of Gannett, called Kramer a “distinguished journalist with a passion for the news business and has an entrepreneur’s drive to innovate and the business acumen needed to create value.”
Kramer, who is eager to “reinvigorate USA Today’s mission” takes charge of the multi-platforms of the brand including its sports/travel media groups and weekend offerings. He also will lead the search for an editorin-chief of USA Today, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in September.
Kramer worked as reporter/editor for more than 20 years at papers such as the Washington Post and San Francisco Examiner.
At CBS, he created “March Madness on Demand,” and established content relationships with Google, Apple, Amazon and Verizon.
Kramer founded DataSports, a hand-held sports info monitor company sold to Data Broadcasting Corp.
HALL RETURNS TO PHILLY HELM
Bob Hall, who was publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News when they were part of Knight-Ridder, has returned to the helm.
He takes over for Greg Osberg a month after the papers were purchased by a group of local investors.
Osberg will serve as a consultant on advertising sales and digital strategies on a short-term basis.
Hall, 67, is “known and respected throughout the industry as a first-class professional,” said a statement from Lewis Katz, a member of the new ownership team.