British tabloids

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Prince Harry, Meghan Deliver Bad News to UK Tabloids

They will have 'zero engagement' with UK's tabloid press

(Newser) - Prince Harry and Megan Markle are putting more than an ocean between them and the UK's tabloid press. The couple sent a letter on Sunday night to the editors of the Sun, Mirror, Daily Mail, and Daily Express outlining their "new media relations policy": They are ending all... More »

Ruling Is Made on Woman in Love With Her Chandelier

Amanda Liberty says she's in a relationship with the light fixture

(Newser) - Most people like a nice chandelier, but Amanda Liberty? She's in love with one. And she just learned that British regulators will not consider her attraction to light fixtures a protected sexual orientation, the Guardian reports. The UK's biggest press regulator, known as Ipso, made the ruling after... More »

Former Markle Co-Star: I Was Offered $70K to Tell a Lie

Simon Rex tells his story on 'The Hollywood Raw' podcast

(Newser) - One of Meghan Markle's old co-stars says he was offered big bucks to lie about their relationship, E! Online reports. Simon Rex, her 2005 co-actor on Cuts, claims "a couple of British tabloids" put $70,000 on the table to say he'd "hooked up" with Markle.... More »

Love Island Host's Unpublished Instagram Post Made Public

Family of late Caroline Flack releases her last words after reality-TV host's apparent suicide

(Newser) - It was the social media message that was never supposed to see the light of day. Now, the family of late Love Island host Caroline Flack, found dead Saturday of an apparent suicide, has revealed an unpublished Instagram post by the 40-year-old. The release of her words came just before... More »

Boyfriend of Reality TV Host Who Committed Suicide Speaks Out

Lewis Burton's 'heart is broken' over Caroline Flack's death

(Newser) - British former reality TV host Caroline Flack killed herself ahead of a trial for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend—and now that boyfriend is revealing his devastation over her death, the AP reports. Lewis Burton, 27, posted a picture of himself and Flack, 40, to Instagram on Sunday along with a... More »

Harry Slams British Tabloid as Meghan Sues

Duchess of Sussex is suing 'Mail on Sunday' for publishing her letter

(Newser) - The Duchess of Sussex—or, as she was known before she married Prince Harry, Meghan Markle—is suing a British tabloid over claims that it illegally published a personal letter she wrote, the AP reports. A spokesperson for the law firm handling the case says the Mail on Sunday's... More »

No More Topless Girls on Page 3 of the Sun

British tabloid drops controversial tradition, in print at least

(Newser) - For some 44 years, British tabloid the Sun has featured topless female models on its third page in a controversial tradition known as the "Page 3 girls." But no more: Though the Sun itself has not confirmed the change, another newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch, the Times , reports... More »

George Clooney: Shame on You, Daily Mail

Actor responds to fabricated article

(Newser) - The Daily Mail: so bad that George Clooney is actually responding to one of its articles. The story—which has since been taken down but is still excerpted on other sites including the New York Daily News —claimed that the mother of Clooney fiancée Amal Alamuddin objected to... 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 »

UK Report Blasts Murdoch, Press for Wreaking 'Havoc'

Leveson report being watched with keen interest domestically

(Newser) - Lord Justice Brian Leveson's long-awaited report on the various scandals surrounding News of the World and other British tabloids finally hit today, and it absolutely savages Rupert Murdoch's newspapers and the British press in general. The press, Leveson writes, has "wreaked havoc in the lives of innocent... 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 »

Murdoch's Sun Regularly Paid Off Corrupt Officials

Investigation reveals 'culture ... of illegal payments': police

(Newser) - Reporters for Rupert Murdoch's Sun tabloid made a habit of paying off not just the police but also public officials, normalizing a "culture ... of illegal payments," the officer leading the police investigation into News International told an inquiry today. "Systems have been created to facilitate those... More »

5 Sun Staffers Arrested in UK Bribery Scandal

Police investigate possible payments to police, defense officials

(Newser) - Five staff at Britain's largest selling tabloid the Sun were arrested today along with three other people over alleged bribes paid to police and defense officials. Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. said in a statement that police had also searched the homes of the five staff and the group'... More »

Hugh Grant Testifies: Mail Hacked My Phone

Says Mail on Sunday hacked his voicemail

(Newser) - Hugh Grant’s latest role—as a central figure in the British phone-hacking scandal—continues to develop, as he testified in the case, accusing the Mail on Sunday of hacking his phone in order to fabricate a story about his personal life. The paper, he said, suggested that his relationship... More »

Heather Mills: Mirror Hacked My Phone

Piers Morgan implicated in phone-hacking scandal

(Newser) - Heather Mills and Piers Morgan are at the center of the latest twist in the British phone-hacking scandal. Mills claims that a senior journalist at the Daily Mirror admitted hacking into her voicemail while she was dating Paul McCartney in 2001, and called her up to quote from a message... More »

Did Piers Morgan Admit to Phone Hacking?

Tape from 2009 interview raises questions

(Newser) - Did Piers Morgan sanction a bit of phone hacking while in charge of the Daily Mirror? The CNN host has been denying it all week, after a British lawmaker accused him of it. But now, audio has surfaced online of a 2009 radio interview in which Morgan seems to admit... More »

Hacking Scandal Hits Mirror

Ex-employee claims practice was standard a decade ago

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch's empire might not have been the only media out there with a fondness for hacking phones: As the AP reports, Britain's lefty tab the Mirror is the latest fishrag on the dartboard in the spreading scandal. "It was seen as a bit of a wheeze,... More »

Ex-Execs Contradict James Murdoch Testimony

They say he was told of email revealing extent of hacking

(Newser) - James Murdoch’s testimony to members of Parliament on the tabloid scandal is again being challenged , this time by two former News International executives. An ex-News of the World editor and another exec say that contrary to what the younger Murdoch testified, they “did inform” him of an email... More »

As Scandal Rages, Murdoch Charges In

Hacking debacle could topple long-dominant British tabloids

(Newser) - With a $19 billion deal on the rocks, Rupert Murdoch is on the ground in London to face the phone hacking scandal head on. Reading the final issue of his News of the World tabloid, Murdoch arrived this morning at his UK newspaper headquarters even as opposition leader Ed Miliband... More »

Hugh Grant Schools Former NotW Editor

Actor to Paul McMullen: 'Try real journalism'

(Newser) - Hugh Grant was one of the victims of the News of the World phone hacking scandal, and in a confrontation Mediaite calls "amazing," he slammed a former NotW editor yesterday on the BBC. Some background: Grant had a chance run-in with Paul McMullen last year, and McMullen told... More »

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