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US drops phone hacking probe into Murdoch companies

News Corp and 21st Century Foxm both owned by Rupert Murdoch, will not be prosecuted. Credit: Reuters

Rupert Murdoch's media companies will not face prosecution in America over allegations of phone-hacking and payments to public officials in Britain.

The US Department of Justice had been investigating both News Corp and 21st Century Fox but after completing its probe it said it would not pursue charges.

Gerson Zweifach, representing both companies, said: "We are grateful that this matter has been concluded and acknowledge the fairness and professionalism of the Department of Justice throughout this investigation."

The News of the World newspaper closed as a result and a number of its former journalists have since been convicted following the scandal.

In July last year ex-editor Andy Coulson was found guilty of the hacking plot while his predecessor Rebekah Brooks was cleared of any wrongdoing.