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Murdoch Honcho Gets 18 Months

Andy Coulson could be out in 9 months

(Newser) - "No one is above the law," said British Prime Minister David Cameron today in reaction to the sentence handed to former News of the World editor Andy Coulson—who went on to work for Cameron. Coulson was sentenced to 18 months in prison for participating in a phone-hacking... More »

Lone NOTW Honcho Convicted of Phone Hacking

Andy Coulson convicted, Rebecca Brooks acquitted

(Newser) - Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was convicted of phone hacking today, but fellow editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted after a monthslong trial centering on illegal activity at the heart of Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire. A jury unanimously found Coulson, an ex-adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron,... More »

Murdoch Honchos' Trial Begins in Britain

Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson face phone hacking charges

(Newser) - Today marks the beginning of a phone-hacking trial centered on two former bosses at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp: Rebekah Brooks, once head of News International, and Andy Coulson, former editor of the now-shuttered News of the World. Brooks is accused of hacking mobile phone messages, paying off public officials,... More »

Ex-Murdoch Execs to Face Bribery Charges

Just the latest accusations for Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson

(Newser) - British prosecutors are adding new charges to the litany of accusations against former Rupert Murdoch executives. Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, both at the center of the phone-hacking scandal, will be charged with bribing public officials in exchange for stories and information, the New York Times reports. Two other News... More »

UK Charges Brooks, Coulson in Hacking Scandal

British prosecutors announce 19 charges

(Newser) - British authorities have announced 19 charges over the tabloid phone hacking scandal, and they're targeting some of the biggest names in the case. Former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks and David Cameron's former communications chief Andy Coulson will both be charged with conspiring to "intercept communications."... More »

Ex-Cameron Aide Detained Over Alleged Perjury

Andy Coulson detained in Scottish case with ties to phone hacking scandal

(Newser) - The former top media adviser to UK Prime Minister David Cameron was detained today on suspicion of perjury in the trial of a flamboyant ex-Scottish lawmaker—the latest case tied to allegations of wrongdoing by British tabloid newspapers. Andy Coulson, 44, was detained by Scottish police at his home in... More »

PM's Aide Stayed on Murdoch's Payroll

Ex- NOTW editor received Murdoch checks while working for Tories

(Newser) - The British phone-hacking scandal just became even more damaging to British Prime Minister David Cameron. Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson remained on the News International payroll for six months after being hired as Cameron's communication director, receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Rupert Murdoch... More »

NotW Reporter's Letter Blows Lid Off of Top-Level Cover Up

Goodman: hacking was 'widely discussed'

(Newser) - A 4-year-old letter by News of the World's disgraced royal reporter—who went to jail and was fired for his admitted role in the phone hacking scandal—contends that senior figures at the newspaper and at News International knew phone hacking was widespread and sanctioned, reports the Guardian . The... More »

Cameron: OK, I Shouldn't Have Hired Coulson

He ducks questions, meanwhile, on BSkyB

(Newser) - David Cameron gave a defiant speech before parliament today, in which he offered a kinda-sorta mea culpa for hiring ex-News of the World executive Andy Coulson. “With 20-20 hindsight and all that has followed, I would not have offered him the job and I expect that he wouldn't... More »

News of the World Whistleblower Found Dead

Sean Hoare's body found a week after he made new accusations

(Newser) - Sean Hoare—the former News of the World reporter who was the first to publicly accuse editor Andy Coulson of knowing about his staff's phone hacking practices—has been found dead in his home. Police say they were called to check on his well-being, and discovered Hoare's body... More »

2nd Scotland Yard Official Resigns

Another casualty of hacking scandal: Assistant Commissioner John Yates

(Newser) - Britain's spreading phone hacking and police bribery scandal forced another of London's top police officers to resign. Scotland Yard chief Paul Stephenson stepped down last night, followed out the door today by Assistant Commissioner John Yates—who decided two years ago not to reopen police inquiries into phone... More »

Exiting Cop Turns On Prime Minister in Tab Scandal

Chief Paul Stephenson hints he was protecting David Cameron

(Newser) - The flames of the News of the World scandal are lapping at Prime Minister David Cameron's heels after a top cop zinged him for his relationship with a Rupert Murdoch henchman. Scotland Yard's Metropolitan Police Chief Sir Paul Stephenson resigned amid questions about the force's relationship with... More »

NotW Tied to Police Pay Offers for 9/11 Info

'News of World' scandal just got uglier

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch's shamed and now shuttered News of the World tried to pay a New York City police officer for phone records on British victims of 9/11, Reuters reports. The police officer, who now works as a private investigator, turned down the offer because it would "look bad,... More »

Cameron Calls for News of World Probes

But public suspects the closure is just a shell game

(Newser) - Facing a mounting public outcry over the News of the World scandal, David Cameron today announced a pair of investigations that will look into both the News of the World's activities (including allegations of police bribery) and the future of media regulation, the AP reports. Cameron said that politicians... More »

Ex-Editor Arrested in UK Phone Hacking Scandal

Andy Coulson also worked for David Cameron

(Newser) - And the hits just keep on coming for Rupert Murdoch's News Corp: Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been arrested, one day after Murdoch announced he was shutting down the tabloid over the UK phone hacking scandal. Police suspect Coulson knew about the hacking that took... More »

Scotland Yard Launches, Ends Probe of News Corp. Hacking

Unsourced report broke no new ground: cops

(Newser) - Scotland Yard, smarting from a report that it failed to inform victims of a British tabloid's rampant phone hacking, today opened and quickly closed an investigation into the potentially explosive matter, reports the New York Times. Cops reportedly had evidence of thousands of incidences of illegal activity by private... More »

News Corp Paid $1.6M to Hide Journos' Crimes

Tabloid hacked thousands of phones of stars, politicians

(Newser) - The British subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp paid out more than $1.6 million in out-of-court settlements to conceal illegal methods deployed by its journalists, including hacking cell phones, a Guardian investigation reveals. Phone-hacking charges were first raised in 2007 in a case involving Prince William, but suppressed police... More »

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