Sunderland University journalism lecturer says News of the World chief Brooks ‘will go’

Sunderland University's Chris Rushton believes Rebekah Brooks (below) will pay the price for the phone hacking scandal.

Sunderland University's Chris Rushton believes Rebekah Brooks (below) will pay the price for the phone hacking scandal.

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A SENIOR journalism lecturer from Sunderland University has waded into the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

Head of Journalism and Public Relations Chris Rushton believes a full public inquiry will be the only way of dealing with the unprecedented nature of the allegations.

Rebekah Brooks

Rebekah Brooks

Mr Rushton said: “Hacking into the phones of murder victims is absolutely appalling.

“We have to ask questions about the News of the World and the police. And a public inquiry will have to happen – it will need to be precise and include other newspapers.”

In light of the public outrage against the allegations, companies such as Ford, Halifax and Vauxhall have all decided to suspend advertising in the News of the World.

Mr Rushton, who heads courses in news, sports and fashion journalism, was also critical of the Press Complaints Commission.

He said: “The PCC have been worse than toothless – they have shown no enthusiasm to pursue the inquiry in any shape or form.”

MPs have asked for an urgent debate on the issue and David Cameron confirmed that there would be a public inquiry.

Labour leader Ed Miliband also criticised David Cameron for hiring former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as his director of communications.

And Mr Rushton was clear in his views on the fate of Rebekah Brooks, the chief executive of News International, which owns the News of the World and the Sun.

He said: “I think Brooks, who was editor of the News of the World at the time of the alleged Milly Dowler hacking, will go.

“This will be in a desperate bid by the paper to bring back the advertisers that have left them.

“This saga is following the exact same pattern as other scandals such as Watergate – denial after denial until eventually someone has to go.”

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