Journalists at News International are "on the edge" and two have reportedly tried to commit suicide as the inquiry into phone hacking and bribery at Rupert Murdoch's U.K. papers moves forward amid internal rancor that even a visit from uncle Rupert probably can't quell.
Outwardly, the launch of the Sun on Sunday and Rupert Murdoch's goodwill tour of his London operation made the company look like it was putting on a brave face. Murdoch's visit to the Sun newsroom made for smiley photo op and the first week's edition sold over 3 million copies. (The second week's edition, however, sold 500,000 fewer copies according to The Guardian.) Inside the papers owned by the News Corporation subsidiary, an investigation by the company's Management and Standards Committee has caused a "civil war" with journalists feeling they've been sold out by the members of the committee, themselves former journalists, The London Evening Standard reports. One source told the paper, "this all appears to be an attempt to save James Murdoch." Save him from what exactly? The younger Murdoch resigned as head of News International last week.