News International spends £53m on own hacking probe

Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper group has spent more than £53 million on its own investigation of the phone-hacking and illegal payments scandal, figures reveal.

Most of the £53.2 million figure has been accrued through legal and professional fees.

Accounts for NI Group Limited - which incorporates the Sun, the Times and the Sunday Times - show that the internal management and standards committee (MSC) has racked up the cost since last July, when it was launched.