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  • Coulson tells court he heard hacked messages
    Coulson tells court he heard hacked messages Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Coulson, the former media chief to British Prime Minister David Cameron, told a London court on Wednesday he had listened to a recording of hacked voicemail messages left by the then interior minister in 2004. Coulson, who was editing Rupert Murdoch's now defunct News of the World tabloid at the time, is on trial for conspiring to hack into voicemail messages in a case that has shaken the media tycoon's empire and Britain's political elite. Coulson has denied the charge, but admitted for the first time on Wednesday that one of his senior reporters had once played him excerpts of voicemail messages left by then Home Secretary David Blunkett on the mobile phone of a woman with whom he was having a relationship. "This was the first and only time voicemail messages were played to me," Coulson told the packed Old Bailey court where he was appearing in the witness box for the third day in a trial that has run for 5-1/2 months. More »

  • Coulson Tells Trial He Heard Hacked Voicemail
    Coulson Tells Trial He Heard Hacked Voicemail Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Former News Of The World editor Andy Coulson has told a jury he heard voicemail messages hacked from David Blunkett's phone. The 46-year-old told the Old Bailey the paper's then-chief reporter, Neville Thurlbeck, phoned him to say Mr Blunkett, who was Home Secretary at the time, was having an affair with a married woman. He said Mr Thurlbeck had told him he "believed the story was true" after listening to voicemail messages. "Neville told me he had a tip that David Blunkett was having an affair with Kimberly Fortier. More »

  • UK tabloid ex-editor says only vaguely knew of phone-hacking
    UK tabloid ex-editor says only vaguely knew of phone-hacking Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson told Britain's phone-hacking trial on Tuesday he was only vaguely aware of the practice during his time at the Murdoch tabloid. More »

  • Coulson: 'Didn't know about tabloid phone hacking'
    Coulson: 'Didn't know about tabloid phone hacking' Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications chief said under oath Tuesday that he was never involved in phone hacking when he was the editor of a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid, though he acknowledged ... More »

  • Ex-Murdoch editor says he played no part in murdered girl phone hacking
    Ex-Murdoch editor says he played no part in murdered girl phone hacking Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Michael Holden and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Former Rupert Murdoch editor Andy Coulson told a London court on Tuesday he had not been involved in illegally tapping into the mobile phone messages of murdered British schoolgirl Milly Dowler, the incident that ignited Britain's phone-hacking scandal and sent shockwaves through the country's establishment. Coulson, who later became Prime Minister David Cameron's media chief, said he had never engaged in illegal hacking activity, nor had known staff working for the News of the World Sunday tabloid had tapped into Dowler's messages. The hacking of Dowler's phone forms a crucial part of the prosecution case against Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, the ex-boss of News Corp.'s British newspaper arm. The revelation in July 2011 that Dowler's phone had been hacked while she was still missing sparked public outrage and a sequence of events leading to Murdoch closing the 168-year-old News of the World, the arrest of Coulson and Brooks, and Cameron ordering a public inquiry into press ethics. More »

  • Coulson 'Knew Nothing' Of Milly Dowler Hacking
    Coulson 'Knew Nothing' Of Milly Dowler Hacking Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Former News of the World Editor Andy Coulson has denied he played any part in the hacking of the mobile phone messages of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler. It was the revelation the Sunday tabloid had accessed the 13-year-old's voicemail messages, after her disappearance in 2002, which led to the closure of the newspaper. The Old Bailey phone hacking trial has heard how Andy Coulson was the News of the World's deputy editor at that time of the teenager's disappearance, but had taken charge of the paper as then editor Rebekah Brooks was on holiday in Dubai. Giving evidence for a second day in the witness box, Mr Coulson said he had never engaged in illegal hacking activity, nor known about attempts to tap into the Dowlers' messages. More »

  • Coulson denies Milly hack knowledge
    Coulson denies Milly hack knowledge Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Andy Coulson today denied knowing Milly Dowler's phone was hacked while he was in charge of the News of the World. More »

  • Coulson Spent Weekend With PM After Resigning
    Coulson Spent Weekend With PM After Resigning Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has admitted spending a weekend with David Cameron since resigning as his media advisor over alleged involvement with phone hacking. He resigned as News of the World editor in 2007 after the conviction of former royal editor Clive Goodman for hacking. The father-of-three then joined Mr Cameron's media team until January 2011. Taking to the witness box for the first time, he said: "My family and I spent a weekend with him (Mr Cameron) in the spring after I left. More »

  • Coulson tells UK hacking trial Brooks fling was 'wrong'
    Coulson tells UK hacking trial Brooks fling was 'wrong' Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Andy Coulson admitted his affair with fellow Murdoch newspaper editor Rebekah Brooks was "wrong", as he gave evidence for the first time Monday in Britain's long-running phone-hacking trial. More »

  • Ex-editor Coulson: Affair with Brooks was 'wrong'
    Ex-editor Coulson: Affair with Brooks was 'wrong' Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson took the stand at Britain's phone hacking trial Monday, saying his affair with fellow executive Rebekah Brooks was wrong but didn't lead him to share work secrets ... More »

  • Cameron's ex-media chief says Brooks affair was wrong
    Cameron's ex-media chief says Brooks affair was wrong Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    By Michael Holden and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - David Cameron's former media chief Andy Coulson told a London court on Monday he had not spoken to the British prime minister since his arrest, and admitted his affair with Rebekah Brooks when working for Rupert Murdoch tabloids was wrong. Both edited the now defunct News of the World newspaper at the heart of a phone-hacking scandal which erupted in 2011 and sent shockwaves through Britain's political establishment, not least because of Coulson's close links to Cameron. Prosecutors have told the jury at London's Old Bailey court that Brooks and Coulson shared details of stories obtained from phone-hacking when Coulson was editor of the News of the World and Brooks was editing its sister daily the Sun. However, on his first day in the witness box during the 5 1/2 month trial, Coulson echoed Brooks's evidence that their affair, which began in 1998 and ran until 2004, had been intermittent and had not interfered with their work. Asked if they had shared exclusive stories or sensitive information because of their relationship, he replied: "No that wouldn't happen." Coulson left the mass-selling News of the World in 2007, when its royal editor and a private detective Glenn Mulcaire, who worked for the paper, were convicted of hacking the phones of royal aides. More »

  • Brooks affair 'wrong', says Coulson
    Brooks affair 'wrong', says Coulson Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson told the hacking trial his affair with Rebekah Brooks "was wrong and it shouldn't have happened". More »

  • Andy Coulson at Phone Hacking Trial: My Affair with Rebekah Brooks was Wron …
    Andy Coulson at Phone Hacking Trial: My Affair with Rebekah Brooks was Wron … Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has described his affair with Rebekkah Brooks as "wrong [and] should not have happened". Coulson, 46, was giving evidence for the first time at the Old Bailey phone hacking trial when he apologised to his wife for his relationship with the former News International chief executive. More »

  • Sarah Payne's Mother Praises Rebekah Brooks
    Sarah Payne's Mother Praises Rebekah Brooks Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Sara Payne, whose daughter Sarah was murdered in 2000, has praised ex-newspaper editor Rebekah Brooks and said the News Of The World had been a "force for good". Mrs Payne gave her support to Brooks and retired managing director Stuart Kuttner as a witness at the phone hacking trial at the Old Bailey, saying the pair had provided personal support during the search for her daughter and the Sarah's Law campaign. "It's easy to forget in these dark times the NOTW has often been a force for good and it has something to do with the people who worked on it," Mrs Payne said. Brooks was "always in the foreground" of the campaign, Mrs Payne said, going on to explain: "I did not sleep. More »

  • Murdoch editor 'a man I would trust', ex-archbishop tells hacking t …
    Murdoch editor 'a man I would trust', ex-archbishop tells hacking t … Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    A former Archbishop of Canterbury took to the witness stand in the phone-hacking trial on Thursday to tell a jury the ex-managing editor of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid was "a man I would trust". George Carey, the head of the Anglican church for 11 years until 2002, appeared as a character witness at Old Bailey court and said Stuart Kuttner was a man of integrity. Kuttner, 74, who was managing editor of the downmarket weekly tabloid for 22 years until 2009, is on trial with the paper's former editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson accused of conspiracy to intercept voicemails on mobile phones. Brooks, Coulson and the News of the World's former royal editor Clive Goodman, also face charges over illegal payments to public officials, which they deny. More »

  • Murdoch editor 'a man I would trust', ex-archbishop tells UK hacking … Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    A former Archbishop of Canterbury took to the witness stand in Britain's phone-hacking trial on Thursday to tell a jury the ex-managing editor of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid was "a man I would trust". George Carey, the head of the Anglican church for 11 years until 2002, appeared as a character witness at London's Old Bailey court and said Stuart Kuttner was a man of integrity. Kuttner, 74, who was managing editor of the downmarket weekly tabloid for 22 years until 2009, is on trial with the paper's former editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson accused of conspiracy to intercept voicemails on mobile phones. Brooks, Coulson and the News of the World's former royal editor Clive Goodman, also face charges over illegal payments to public officials, which they deny. More »

  • Rupert Murdoch can see all-digital N.Y. Post in 10 years - report
    Rupert Murdoch can see all-digital N.Y. Post in 10 years - report Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    (Reuters) - Media mogul Rupert Murdoch can envision his tabloid newspaper the New York Post as an all-digital publication in 10 years, he said during an interview with Fortune magazine published on Thursday. Murdoch, the chairman of News Corp and 21st Century Fox , acknowledged that the paper lost $40 million (23.8 million pounds) in 2012, hit by declines in advertising revenue. We are working very hard on the digital edition," he said. Murdoch gives the Wall Street Journal, which he purchased in 2007, at least 20 years before it goes all-digital. More »

  • PM faces questions after minister resigns
    PM faces questions after minister resigns Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Prime Minister David Cameron was facing questions over his judgment and leadership after one of his cabinet ministers resigned in an expenses row, despite his best efforts to keep her. More »

  • British culture minister quits over expenses claims
    British culture minister quits over expenses claims Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    British culture minister Maria Miller, an ally of Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, was forced to quit her post on Wednesday following a row over her parliamentary expenses. More »

  • Maria Miller Donates £17k Pay-Off To Charity
    Maria Miller Donates £17k Pay-Off To Charity Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Maria Miller has spoken to insist she was not pushed from her role of Culture Secretary but had to go because the scandal over her expenses was becoming a "distraction". In an interview after her early morning resignation following a week of mounting pressure, a clearly upset Mrs Miller said she took "full responsibility" for her decision to step down. Because I was cleared of the central allegation made about me by a Labour Member of Parliament, I hoped that I could stay. More »

  • UK Culture Secretary resigns after expenses row
    UK Culture Secretary resigns after expenses row Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — British Culture Secretary Maria Miller, who was in charge of legislation on press regulation and gay marriage, resigned Wednesday after an embarrassing row over her parliamentary expense account. More »

  • Michael Gove: Resignation 'Entirely Maria Miller's Decision'
    Michael Gove: Resignation 'Entirely Maria Miller's Decision' Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Education Secretary Michael Gove has said it was entirely Maria Miller's decision to resign from her post as culture secretary following the backlash over her expenses. Speaking to BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Gove said: "My understanding is that it is Maria's decision and that after a very difficult week she came to the view that she could no longer carry on and that also it was a distraction for the Government. An independent parliamentary commissioner for standards cleared Miller using her expenses to pay for her parents' living costs. But she was told to cough up only £5,800 from the original figure of £45,000 she allegedly overclaimed in expenses by the Commons Standards Committee. It was a decision that has caused a furore in how MPs are still able to police themselves under the expenses regime. More »

  • Q&A: Steve Coogan on 23 years of Alan Partridge
    Q&A: Steve Coogan on 23 years of Alan Partridge Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Coogan has been playing Alan Partridge, his vain, tasteless British radio host, for 23 years. More »

  • UK police asked to investigate minister's expenses
    UK police asked to investigate minister's expenses Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    The British minister in charge of a new press regulation system faced the possibility of a police fraud investigation Friday in the latest expenses scandal to hit lawmakers. More »

  • US stocks rally, S&P 500 hits record close
    US stocks rally, S&P 500 hits record close Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange after the ringing the Opening Bell on April 1, 2014 in New York City More »

  • Judge dismisses US lawsuit in News Corp. hacking case
    Judge dismisses US lawsuit in News Corp. hacking case Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    The News Corporation building is pictured n New York on June 26, 2012 More »

  • News Corp wins dismissal of U.S. lawsuit over phone hacking
    News Corp wins dismissal of U.S. lawsuit over phone hacking Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    News Corp and several top officials have won the dismissal of a U.S. lawsuit by shareholders who accused them of fraud for concealing illegal phone hacking at two of its British newspapers, according to a court decision made public on Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe in Manhattan said the defendants could not be held liable for misleading investors based on statements that predated the start of the period for which shareholders sought to recoup their alleged losses. Shareholders led by the Avon Pension Fund had alleged that statements by defendants like Rupert Murdoch and former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks suggested that any phone hacking involving News Corp employees was isolated. More »

  • Charlie Brooks hid his 'smut' to protect wife Rebekah
    Charlie Brooks hid his 'smut' to protect wife Rebekah Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Charlie Brooks, the husband of Rupert Murdoch's former British newspaper chief Rebekah Brooks, told a London court on Monday he hid his porn collection from police investigating phone-hacking because he feared leaks to the press which would embarrass his wife. Brooks' wife Rebekah is on trial at London's Old Bailey accused of conspiracy to hack phones and authorising illegal payments to public officials. They are both accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice by hindering the police investigation. Rebekah Brooks was arrested in July 2011 at the height of a phone-hacking scandal that rocked Murdoch's News Corp. empire and shook Britain's political establishment. More »

  • Charlie Brooks 'feared porn leak'
    Charlie Brooks 'feared porn leak' Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    The husband of former News International boss Rebekah Brooks hid his stash of pornography because he did not want police leaking embarrassing details of the "smut" to the press, the phone hacking trial has heard. More »

  • Piers Morgan ends CNN show with gun-control plea
    Piers Morgan ends CNN show with gun-control plea Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — CNN host Piers Morgan issued one last plea for U.S. gun control as he wrapped up his show's three-year run. More »

  • Dowler Phone-Hacking Claims 'Disgusted' Brooks
    Dowler Phone-Hacking Claims 'Disgusted' Brooks Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    The husband of ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has told a court the couple were "disgusted" by allegations murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler's phone was hacked. Charlie Brooks was giving evidence in his defence at the Old Bailey where he denies a charge of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Have we really deleted Milly Dowler's voicemails? Charlie and Rebekah Brooks along with five other defendants deny the charges. More »

  • Met anti-graft operation cost £8m
    Met anti-graft operation cost £8m Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    An anti-corruption operation at the centre of an evidence-shredding row had a budget of £7.82 million, it has been revealed. More »

  • Brooks 'relieved' by call to resign
    Brooks 'relieved' by call to resign Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    Rebekah Brooks was "relieved" when her husband revealed she was being asked to resign as News International chief executive over the phone hacking scandal, a court has heard. More »

  • Rupert Murdoch Backs Ukip's Nigel Farage: Who Cares?
    Rupert Murdoch Backs Ukip's Nigel Farage: Who Cares? Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    It is not that long ago that political endorsement from Rupert Murdoch would have led to the popping of champagne corks and an expectation that power was just around the electoral corner. It is not quite like that any more, so the media baron's tweet stating: "UKIP making progress. But, while politicians no longer fall over themselves to win Murdoch's endorsement – and in the wake of phone hacking, may even seen it as a negative – his judgement is still significant. So to that extent Nigel Farage will be quietly pleased at the apparent recognition from the once-influential figure, while David Cameron will find the warning a touch worrying but far from the hand grenade it would once have represented. More »

  • Steve Coogan Blasts Mail Online as 'Creepy and Sinister'
    Steve Coogan Blasts Mail Online as 'Creepy and Sinister' Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Actor Steve Coogan has launched a scathing tirade against Mail Online comparing its popularity to paedophilia. A fierce opponent of the British tabloid press, Coogan, made the bizarre comparison during an interview with Total Politics Magazine after he was asked about the huge readers' traffic to the world's biggest news website, which he branded 'Mailbait'. "Mailbait'...the website that has all the photographs about 12 and 14-year-old girls and talks about their bras and how fast they growing up and all the rest of it, which is on the Mail Online, and clearly has an appeal that goes beyond just the curious. The Alan Partridge star said neither was the popularity of its print edition, Daily Mail, Britain's biggest-selling daily, a good enough defence for its publishing practices. More »