LONDON (Reuters) – The jury trying Rebekah Brooks over phone-hacking charges should not hold her role as a former Rupert Murdoch editor with huge political influence against her, her lawyer said, as the former British newspaper boss took the stand on Thursday.
Brooks, a friend of Prime Minister David Cameron, answered questions in court for the first time on the hacking scandal which has convulsed Britain’s elite and forced Murdoch to close the 168-year-old tabloid at the center of the scandal, the News of the World.
LONDON (Reuters) – Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair offered to act as an unofficial adviser to Rupert Murdoch during his media empire’s phone-hacking scandal, suggesting the firm follow steps he took to address Iraq War anger, a London court heard on Wednesday.
Rebekah Brooks, the ex-boss of Murdoch’s British newspapers, wrote an email to Murdoch’s son James detailing advice Blair had given her during an hour-long phone call in July 2011 at the height of a furor over phone-hacking allegations at the media moguls’ News of the World tabloid.
LONDON (Reuters) – Piers Morgan, one of the biggest names in British media and a CNN television host, has been questioned by London police in connection with allegations of phone-hacking at the Daily Mirror tabloid he used to edit.
Morgan, a former judge on “America’s Got Talent” show who replaced Larry King on CNN in 2011, said in a statement on Thursday he had been interviewed by officers after voluntarily attending a police station in December.
MADRID/LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Spain’s largest cable
operator, Ono, said it was pressing ahead with its plan for a
stock market sale, putting pressure on Britain’s Vodafone
to raise its takeover proposal.
Ono, which sells fixed and mobile phone, TV and internet
services, has been preparing a 7 billion euro ($9.6 billion)
listing to capitalise on strong investor interest in European
MADRID/LONDON (Reuters) – Directors of Spain’s largest cable operator Ono met on Tuesday to weigh up whether they should accept a takeover offer from Britain’s Vodafone (VOD.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) or push ahead with their original plan to list the company on the stock market.
Ono, which sells fixed and mobile phone, TV and internet services, had been preparing for a 7 billion euro ($9.6 billion) stock market sale to capitalize on high investor interest in European cable firms when the British telecoms operator approached its private equity owners about a takeover.
LONDON/MADRID (Reuters) – Britain’s Vodafone (VOD.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has made an offer to buy Spain’s largest cable operator Ono from its private-equity owners ahead of a board meeting of the Spanish company on Tuesday, two people familiar with the situation said.
Other sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters that Ono, which sells fixed and mobile phone, TV and internet services, believes it has an enterprise value of at least 7 billion euros ($9.5 billion).
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Vodafone said it was finally seeing early signs of a turnaround due to a growing number of customers and the take-up of more expensive 4G services, following yet another torrid quarter hit by fierce competition in Europe.
The world’s second-largest mobile operator has reported record falls in underlying revenue in the last 18 months, due also to regulator-imposed price cuts and European consumers reducing the number of calls they made during the recession.
LONDON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Britain’s Vodafone said it
was confident a growing number of customers and the take-up of
faster 4G services would help lift its revenue, after reporting
yet another poor quarter due to fierce competition in Europe.
The world’s second-largest mobile operator has reported
sharp falls in organic service revenue in the last 18 months,
due also to regulator-imposed price cuts and European consumers
reducing the number of calls they make during the economic
LONDON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Asian demand for liquefied natural
gas (LNG) helped oil and gas producer BG to meet
quarterly earnings forecasts on Tuesday and reassure investors
after a profit warning last week.
BG posted fourth-quarter earnings of $1.14 billion and said
it was making progress on major growth projects in Australia and
Brazil – while needing to address problems in Egypt which
sparked last Monday’s warning.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Sellafield nuclear fuel reprocessing plant said on Friday it had detected higher than usual levels of radiation and ordered all non-essential staff to stay at home.
Sellafield, the site of Britain’s worst nuclear accident in 1957 and once the producer of plutonium for nuclear bombs, said there was no risk to the public, a statement echoed by the government.