The revelation yesterday that a private detective working for Rupert Murdoch's U.K. tabloid News of the World may have infiltrated and tampered with the phones of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler and her family reignited the long-simmering phone hacking scandal, and this morning the renewed outrage is manifesting itself in several ways.
In one development, News of the World is losing major advertisers--including Ford, Lloyd's Bank, Renault, and Coca Cola--in response to the public outcry. We only found one report of an advertiser confirming that it will stick with the tabloid: the supermarket group Morrisons, according to Daily Finance.
The web of potential phone hacking victims, which was initially confined to celebrities, athletes, royals, and politicians, is also expanding. The BBC is reporting that police have contacted the relatives of victims of the 2005 terrorist attacks on London's transit system to determine whether their phones had been hacked, and there are also reports that investigators have reached out to the parents of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, two schoolgirls murdered in 2002. The investigation has now extended even to actor Hugh Grant, according to CNN.