Ford Motor Co. was one of the first companies to yank its ads from the popular News of the World following revelations of a deepening phone hacking scandal involving the London tabloid.
The newspaper, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., was already following revelations its employees had hacked into the cellphone voicemail accounts of a number of celebrities, as well as aides to members of the British royal family and government. But the issue landed on the front page when a competing paper published reports that News of the World had gotten into the voicemail of a teenage girl who was abducted and murdered in 2002.
“If (the allegations) are true, this is a truly dreadful act and a truly dreadful situation,” declared British Prime Minister David Cameron.
The Conservative PM found himself in a particularly awkward situation as he is a close friend to Rebekah Brooks, the editor of News of the World in 2002 and the target of those demanding she resign because she ran the publication when Milly Dowler disappeared while walking home from school.