News International
Investigations into phone hacking and corrupt payments are ongoing at News International's Wapping headquarters (Reuters)

Two top News International (NI) journalists have reportedly attempted suicide amid the phone hacking and police bribery allegations engulfing the company.

According to the London Evening Standard, the two unnamed senior journalists tried to take their own lives after a vast database of 300 million company emails and memos were handed to Scotland Yard detectives by NI executives.

After the alleged suicide attempts the pair were checked into a hospital at News international expense.

Psychiatric help is being offered to other staff at the Wapping headquarters of Rupert Murdoch's UK branch of his media empire in the face of huge pressure.

Eleven Sun journalists and executives have been arrested as part of the Metropolitan Police's probes into phone hacking, Operation Weeting, and bribery of public officials, Operation Elveden.

News Corporation, the parent company of NI, is running its own internal investigation into alleged malpractice at its British newspapers. The NI stable includes the Times, Sunday Times, Sun and News of the World, the paper at the centre of the scandal that was shut down in July.