As July comes to a close, the folks at News Corp. will probably be happy to flip their calendars over to a new month. It's been a rough few weeks for Rupert Murdoch's media empire, but this past week, things started to seem more positive for a few key players. BSkyB announced a hearty profit; James Murdoch is off the hook (for now); British police scored a big victory. But in a Dickensian sort of way, the fortune of some translates to misfortunes for others. Rebekah Brooks earned the renewed ire of the British public; a major public official is stepping down; the pie thrower might be going to jail. Meet this week's winners and losers in the phone hacking scandal.
James Murdoch - The potential heir to the Murdoch empire managed to keep his job as the chairman of BSkyB board of directors. Earlier this week, speculation mounted over whether the satellite broadcasting division would buck the Murdochs altogether. On the contrary, James received a glowing endorsement from the board. As icing on the cake, the Parliamentary committee that grilled the Murdochs two weeks ago voted against recalling the men, for now. Faced with accusations that he lied during his testimony, James is surely relieved not to go under the heat lamp in the near term, but the committee chair has asked him, his father Rupert Murdoch, and Rebekah Brooks to answer some questions in writing by August 11.