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Feb 20, 2014

Ex-Murdoch editor Brooks launches hacking defense, acquitted on one charge

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.

Feb 19, 2014

Former UK PM Blair offered to advise Murdoch over phone-hacking

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.

Feb 17, 2014

Murdoch’s ex-British paper boss Brooks to start phone-hacking defence

LONDON, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks, the former boss
of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspapers, is due to begin her
defence on Wednesday against allegations she was complicit in
widespread phone-hacking at the now defunct News of the World

Brooks, who was so close to the media mogul she was dubbed
his fifth daughter, will testify for the first time in the
long-running trial after the prosecution formally wraps up its
case against her, her husband and five other former Murdoch

Feb 14, 2014

British police question CNN’s Piers Morgan over phone-hacking

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.

Feb 13, 2014

Ex-BBC DJ Travis cleared of sex offences

LONDON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Dave Lee Travis, one of Britain’s
best-known radio DJs in the 1970s and 1980s who counted
Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi among his fans, was cleared on
Thursday of a string of sexual offences against women over three

The 68-year-old former BBC Radio 1 DJ was the first ageing
celebrity to go on trial as a direct result of an investigation
launched after police revealed that the late Jimmy Savile, one
of the BBC’s top TV presenters, had been a prolific child sex

Feb 10, 2014

London’s finance hub changes tactics in meeting militant threat

LONDON (Reuters) – British police announced new tactics to deter militant attacks on London’s financial district on Monday, relying on large-scale and unpredictable deployments at key points rather than static “Ring of Steel” checkpoints used in the past.

The “City of London” district, at the heart of Britain’s economy and home to the world’s largest foreign exchange market and hundreds of global banks and businesses, set up the ring after bombings by Irish republican guerrillas in the 1990s. More recently it has faced threats from Islamist militants.

Feb 5, 2014

British prosecutors conclude case against Brooks, ex-Murdoch staff

LONDON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Prosecutors in one of Britain’s
most high-profile trials of recent times wrapped up their case
on Wednesday against Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch’s former
British newspaper boss, and Andy Coulson, Prime Minister David
Cameron’s ex-media chief.

During 13 weeks of testimony with occasional startling
revelations including the disclosure Brooks and Coulson had been
having an affair, prosecutors detailed evidence of phone-hacking
and other alleged crimes by journalists working for Murdoch’s
British titles.

Jan 31, 2014

Actress Sienna Miller angry at British phone-hacking case details

LONDON (Reuters) – British actress Sienna Miller spoke on Friday of her anger that “titillating” information about her affair with James Bond actor Daniel Craig had been made public at the phone-hacking trial of a former Rupert Murdoch tabloid editor.

The trial of Andy Coulson, who edited Murdoch’s now defunct-News of the World Newspaper, has heard lengthy evidence this week about a voicemail message she left for Craig in 2005 which has taken center stage in the high-profile court case.

Jan 30, 2014

Defense casts doubt on claim ex-Murdoch editor heard hacking tape

LONDON (Reuters) – Andy Coulson, former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid the News of the World, was not in the office at the time he is alleged to have listened to a recording of a hacked phone voicemail message, a London court heard on Thursday.

Coulson, editor of the mass-selling tabloid until 2007 and then Prime Minister David Cameron’s head of communications up to early 2011, is on trial accused of conspiracy to illegally intercept messages on mobile phones, a charge he denies.

Jan 29, 2014

Murdoch’s UK arm in phone-hacking cover-up, ex-reporter says

LONDON (Reuters) – A former tabloid reporter told a London court on Wednesday that Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, News International (NI), had been involved in a conspiracy to cover up phone-hacking and that he had lied about his own role to toe “the company line”.

Dan Evans said he had hacked into the voicemails of dozens of celebrities during his time at Murdoch’s News of the World, and had lied about it both to police and in a civil legal case as part of a widespread company cover-up.