paying the bills...
News Corp chairman meets some of 24 journalists on bail in relation to allegations of payments to police and public officials
Rupert Murdoch has met with some of the 24 Sun journalists who are still on bail after being arrested in relation to allegations of payments to police and public officials for stories.
It is understood the News Corporation chairman and chief executive and Sun proprietor met with the journalists on Wednesday at News International's Wapping headquarters in east London to allay concerns that their careers and futures have been left in limbo as they continue to be rebailed without knowing if they are going to be charged.
Many of the senior executives arrested last January and February have been on bail for a year while one journalist, Jamie Pyatt, has been on bail since November 2011.
Sources say Murdoch vowed to continue to pay the arrestees' legal fees and offer whatever support was needed. However he said he could not, for legal reasons, tell them what would happen with regard to their employment if any were charged and found guilty.
Insiders say the Sun editor, Dominic Mohan, and News International's new chief executive, Mike Darcey, also attended the meeting.