The U.S. Justice Department is readying subpoenas for preliminary probes into News Corp. over allegations of phone hacking involving the voicemail of Sept. 11 victims and foreign bribery, according to The Wall Street Journal. (Please note that The WSJ is behind a paywall and not all readers may be able to access the story.)
The subpoenas still require approval by senior Justice Department officials, the story notes. If they are issued, the media company will face increased scrutiny beyond the U.K. probe into phone hacking at the defunct tabloid News of the World, as the focus widens to include News Corp.’s U.S. operations.
The company, which owns Fox and Fox News, has been expecting more scrutiny from the Justice Department and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the story says.
The FBI has separately started an inquiry into whether News Corp. employees attempted to hack into the voicemails of Sept. 11 victims, the piece adds.
News Corp. owns The Wall Street Journal.