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Public pressure shortly forced News Corporation to cancel its proposed takeover of the British satellite broadcaster BSky B.The prime minister David Cameron announced on 6 July 2011 that a public inquiry, known as the Leveson Inquiry, would look into phone hacking and police bribery by the News of the World, consider the wider culture and ethics of the British newspaper industry and that the Press Complaints Commission would be replaced "entirely".305 journalists, working for at least 30 publications, were identified as purchasing confidential information from private investigators.The ICO raided a private investigator named John Boyall, whose specialty was acquiring information from confidential databases.Over the course of his testimony, Rupert Murdoch admitted that a cover-up had taken place within the News of the World to hide the scope of the phone hacking.
The resulting public outcry against News Corporation and its owner Rupert Murdoch led to several high-profile resignations, including that of Murdoch as News Corporation director, Murdoch's son James as executive chairman, Dow Jones chief executive Les Hinton, News International legal manager Tom Crone, and chief executive Rebekah Brooks.
On 3 July 2013, Channel 4 News broadcast a secret tape in which Murdoch dismissively claims that investigators were "totally incompetent" and acted over "next to nothing" and excuses his papers' actions as "part of the culture of Fleet Street." Illegal means of gaining information used included hacking the private voicemail accounts on mobile phones, hacking into computers, making false statements to officials, entrapment, blackmail, burglaries, theft of mobile phones and making payments to public officials.
Private investigators who were illegally providing information to the News of the World were also engaged in a variety of other illegal activities.
Although there was evidence of many people being engaged in illegal activity, relatively few were questioned.
Operation Motorman's lead investigator said in 2006 that "his team were told not to interview journalists involved.