Rupert Murdoch, Rebekah Brooks Meet on Heels of News of the World Closure
Rupert Murdoch met with Rebekah Brooks for about an hour in his London flat Sunday, the same day his News of the World paper published its final issue.
Afterward, the News Corp. chief and News International CEO walked to a nearby hotel for dinner with Murdoch's son James, who serves as deputy COO and chairman and CEO, international, at News Corp.
Seems the meeting went well.
"They emerged together all smiles, finding their way through a phalanx of cameras and into a restaurant across the road," according to Sky News reporter Katie Stallard.
The Murdochs have stood behind Brooks despite calls for her resignation. Many claim the former NOTW editor had to have known about the illegal phone-hacking activities that led to the 168-year-old paper's closure.
For her part, Brooks has refused to bow to immense public pressure, telling a tense town hall meeting at News International's Wapping headquarters that she would not step down.
"You may be angry with me and that I understand, but I am angry with the people who did this and I feel bitterly betrayed," she told the meeting, according from Tweets from within the meeting.
James Murdoch has said Brooks had done the right thing and was "right for the company."
"I am satisfied that Rebecca's leadership and standard of ethics and standard of conduct throughout her career are very good," Murdoch told Sky News.
He and Brooks are expected to face police questioning over the illegal phone-hacking activities.
Former NOTW editor Andy Coulson was arrested Friday in relation to the incident.
NOTW published its final edition Sunday after 168 years.
Earlier Sunday, Murdoch was seen being driven to News International's headquarters in Wapping reading the final edition of NOTW.