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HUGH GRANT SETTLES HACKING LAWSUIT

December 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hugh Grant has settled his telephone-hacking lawsuit against Rupert Murdoch’s News International for an undisclosed “substantial sum” and said that he will donate the money to the Hacked Off campaign, which demands tougher press regulation. Grant had sued News International, the British publishing unit of Murdoch’s News Corp, after being informed by Scotland Yard that […]

TWO EX-NEWS CORP EXECS CHARGED WITH BRIBERY

November 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Two former heads of News International — the umbrella group comprising News Corp’s British newspapers — were among five people formally charged today (Tuesday) with bribing public officials in exchange for confidential information. The two are Andy Coulson, who after leaving News International became the spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron, and Rebekah Brooks, often […]

TRIAL OF MURDOCH’S TOP ASSOCIATES SET FOR NEXT YEAR

September 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Several top executives and journalists for Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World returned to court today for pretrial formalities that included the judge’s announcement that their trials will begin in September of next year. Among the former News of the World employees who face a general charge of “conspiracy to unlawfully intercept communications” were […]

MURDOCH’S TOP LIEUTENANTS FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES

July 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The telephone-hacking scandal involving Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers in the U.K. escalated to new heights today (Tuesday) as Andy Coulson, Prime Minister David Cameron’s former spokesman, and Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News International, were notified that they would be charged with conspiracy to intercept communications. Prosecutors said that the alleged crimes were committed between […]

CAMERON: NO DEALS WITH MURDOCH

June 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

British Prime Minister David Cameron has dismissed as “nonsense” the suggestion that he had reached an agreement with Rupert Murdoch to push through Murdoch’s plan to take over full ownership of satellite broadcaster BSkyB in return for support from Murdoch’s newspapers in the general election. In testimony before the Leveson committee, which is looking into […]

EX-NEWS OF THE WORLD EDITOR “DETAINED” ON SUSPICION OF PERJURY

May 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Andy Coulson, the former editor of the now-defunct News of the World, who went on to become the spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron, has been “detained” by police in Scotland on suspicion of perjury committed in a Scottish court in 2010. (The BBC explained that in Scotland, individuals are detained on suspicion of committing […]

NEWS CORP SCANDAL THREATENS BRITISH PRIME MINISTER

May 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Only weeks before he was appointed Culture Secretary with the remit to assess the consequences of Rupert Murdoch’s bid to take over complete ownership of BSkyB, the British satellite TV service, Jeremy Hunt sent a message to Prime Minister David Cameron urging that the government approve the deal. The message was disclosed today (Friday) during […]

LATEST BBC NEWS CUTBACKS DECRIED BY JOURNALISTS’ UNION

March 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The British National Union of Journalists has denounced the latest cutbacks at the BBC, which will see 140 jobs eliminated in the news division over the next year. NUJ General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet lashed out at BBC director general Mark Thompson, accusing him of engaging in “shabby, behind-closed-doors” dealings with the David Cameron government. “The […]

BRITISH MP’S CONDEMN LENO’S GOLDEN TEMPLE JOKE

January 27, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

The international furor over Jay Leno’s use of a photo of a Hindu shrine in India for a gag about Mitt Romney’s wealth last week shows little sign of abating. On Thursday it reached the British parliament, with Labor Party MPs Virendra Sharma and John McDonnell introducing a motion asking the government to express “concern […]

EX-NEWS OF THE WORLD REPORTER CALLS EDITORS “SCUM”

November 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A former reporter and features editor for Rupert Murdoch’s London tabloid News of the World has claimed that two former editors were well aware that the voicemails of celebrities and politicians were being routinely hacked by reporters, working with private investigators. Paul McMullan, who worked for the tabloid from 1994 to 2001, told the Leveson […]

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