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October 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Julian Pike

A lawyer representing News International, the News Corp unit in the U.K. that published the now defunct News of the World, accused the BBC last March of pursuing an investigation of claims that reporters at the tabloid were hacking into the voicemail of celebrities and politicians in order to undermine News Corp’s bid to acquire full ownership of BSkyB, according to a report by the BBC morning program Panorama. The paper was shut down in July amid allegations that such hacking was widespread at the paper and that editors and executives there had done nothing to halt it. One of Pike’s letters to the BBC accused the broadcaster of being in “the vanguard of running a campaign against” it for “obvious political and commercial reasons.” Pike’s letter accused the BBC of becoming embroiled in “yet another attempt to undermine News Corp’s bid for Sky.” News Corp withdrew its BSkyB bid at about the same time that it shuttered News of the World. In testimony before a parliamentary committee last week, Pike disclosed that he had seen evidence as early as 2008 indicating that several NoW reporters were involved in phone-hacking activity.