Apparently Scotland Yard is looking into every missing persons report since something like 2001 (IIRC) to see if phone hacking was involved.
And if it's policy for News International to do it in Old Blighty, one wonders if it's policy here...
Over the hacking of the phones over celebs and royals, NewsCorp claimed it to be a couple of rogue elements. The latest revelations (more details here
) point to a more systematic (systemic?) practice.
Right now, then "New of the World" Editor-in-Chief and current News International CEO Rebekah Brooks is under intense presure to resign. Simultaneously, NewsCorps takeover of BSkyB (think NBC & Comcast) is in the hands of the monopolies commission, who are steadfastly claiming their decision will be purely based on the issue of competition, but may end up being quashed due to fervent and widespread public outcry.
Companies are already pulling advertising from both the NotW and BSkyB. The market may kill the deal before the government gets a chance to.