Articles about "News of the World phone hacking"


Phone hacking victims say News Corp. has admitted coverup

Reuters | Guardian
In announcing a number of settlements with the British newspaper unit of News Corp. on Thursday, lawyers for phone hacking victims said senior employees and directors of News Group Newspapers “knew about the wrongdoing and sought to conceal it by deliberately deceiving investigators and destroying evidence.” The lawyers said the company has turned over documents that show a coverup and the destruction of email and evidence. The statement doesn’t name James Murdoch, notes the Guardian’s David Leigh, but he was chairman of the board for News Group Newspapers. The Guardian’s tally of the settlements: £645,000 (nearly $1 million) in damages to 15 victims of phone hacking, and additional “substantial” payments for three more cases, plus legal fees. || Related: Prior coverage of the News of the World phone hacking scandal Read more

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“How many Operation Weeting arrests – present and future – do journalists and politicians, trawling through the dead ashes of the News of the World, actually want turned to jail sentences? If a whole newsroom was hacking, does that mean 28 reporters going down?”

The Observer's Peter Preston on UK Leveson Inquiry into media practices

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“The suggestion [that police officers are] so gullible they can be tricked by a journalist batting her eyes or buying them a pint is as insulting as it is patronising. They are experienced professionals.”

BBC correspondent Ben Ando, responding to a report that warns police to be wary of flirtatious reporters trying to get information

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Colin Myler named New York Daily News editor

Capital New York
Colin Myler was editor of News of the World when it was closed due to the phone-hacking scandal. Now he’s replacing Kevin Convey as editor of the Daily News. Before heading up News of the World, he was executive editor of the New York Post. Capital has the memo announcing the change. Read more

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CNN’s Piers Morgan testifies before UK inquiry on phone hacking


Rumor tracked: Piers Morgan not suspended for phone hacking allegations | Follow Poynter’s phone hacking fallout updates on Twitter Read more

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Murdoch says he didn’t read email about phone-hacking lawsuit

A newly discovered email complicates James Murdoch’s contention that he was not aware of the extent of so-called phone-hacking at News of the World. In the June 2008 email, former News of the World editor Colin Myler asked for a quick meeting with Murdoch to discuss a lawsuit brought by football player Gordon Taylor for phone-hacking. “Unfortunately it is as bad as we feared,” Myler wrote. He forwarded Murdoch messages from lawyers Tom Crone and Julian Pike, including one in which Pike said Taylor wanted “to demonstrate that what happened to him is/was rife throughout the organisation” and demanded a big settlement to keep quiet. Murdoch says of the email: “Given the timing of my response, just over two minutes after Mr. Myler had sent his email to me, and the fact that I typically received emails on my BlackBerry on weekends, I am confident that I did not review the full email chain at the time or afterwards, nor do I recall a conversation with Mr. Read more

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Auletta: Rupert Murdoch’s vision of family-run News Corp. is dead

The New Yorker
Ken Auletta writes about birth and death in a year-end review. Steve Jobs will live on through the changes he spurred in a number of industries. As for Rupert Murdoch: “With the continuing drip-drip of new revelations, with a board shamed by accusations that it is a mere rubber stamp, it’s almost a certainty that Rupert Murdoch’s dream of keeping News Corp. a family-run enterprise is dead.” || Related: News International lawyers confirm that critic in parliament was put under surveillance (Guardian) Read more

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Midday roundup: Dec. 7, 2011

Stories being talked about today:

Correction: The original version of this post misidentified David Wessel. Read more

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Morning advisory: Dec. 7, 2011

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In case you missed it Tuesday:

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