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Dec 12, 2012

Late BBC star Savile suspected of 199 crimes: UK police

LONDON (Reuters) – British television star Jimmy Savile is suspected of carrying out an unprecedented number of sex offences including 31 rapes, police said on Wednesday in their most comprehensive review of the scandal.

Revelations about Savile, who died last year, provoked outrage across Britain where he had been a household name since the 1960s.

Dec 6, 2012

Top publicist arrested in UK sex abuse inquiry

LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Max Clifford, Britain’s
highest-profile celebrity publicist, was arrested for alleged
sex crimes on Thursday by a special police unit set up in the
wake of an abuse scandal involving a former BBC TV star, his
lawyer said.

Clifford, 69, made his name and fortune helping some of
Britain’s most famous people defend and shape their reputations
in the country’s muckraking tabloid press and has been a
longstanding media pundit on celebrity scandal and the press.

Dec 5, 2012

UK hospital divulges Kate’s condition in radio hoax

LONDON (Reuters) – The London hospital treating Prince William’s pregnant wife Kate for severe morning sickness admitted on Wednesday it had fallen for a prank call from an Australian radio station, relaying personal details about her condition.

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in central London on Monday suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, very acute morning sickness which causes severe nausea and vomiting.

Dec 4, 2012

Prince William, wife Kate expecting a baby

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince William and his wife Catherine are expecting a baby, destined to be the country’s future monarch, although the mother-to-be is in hospital with a type of very acute morning sickness that sometimes indicates twins.

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby,” the prince’s office said in a statement on Monday, adding that the Elizabeth and the royal family were delighted.

Dec 3, 2012

Britain tells press to change ways to avoid new laws

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government on Monday threatened the press with new laws to curb its behavior if it failed to get its own house in order following a damning inquiry into reporting practices.

Lawmakers are divided on the issue of statutory regulation which has put Prime Minister David Cameron at odds with his coalition partner.

Dec 3, 2012

UK’s Prince William and Kate expecting a baby

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine are expecting a baby, destined to be the country’s future monarch, although the mother-to-be is in hospital with a type of very acute morning sickness that sometimes indicates twins.

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby,” the prince’s office said in a statement on Monday, adding that Queen Elizabeth and the royal family were delighted.

Nov 30, 2012

Gushing papers laud Cameron’s stance on press law

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron woke on Friday to find usually hostile newspapers gushing about his statesman-like qualities after he signalled his opposition to a new law governing the press.

After his party suffered a night of humiliation in three parliamentary elections, instead of facing questions over his leadership, he was cheered for rejecting the main plank of proposals from a public inquiry he set up in the wake of outrage at the excesses of tabloid newspapers.

Nov 30, 2012

Gushing UK papers laud PM Cameron’s stance on press law

LONDON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David
Cameron woke on Friday to find usually hostile newspapers
gushing about his statesman-like qualities after he signalled
his opposition to a new law governing the press.

After his party suffered a night of humiliation in three
parliamentary elections, instead of facing questions over his
leadership, he was cheered for rejecting the main plank of
proposals from a public inquiry he set up in the wake of outrage
at the excesses of tabloid newspapers.

Nov 29, 2012

Unruly British press may bow to regulation plans

LONDON (Reuters) – Lord Justice Brian Leveson produced plans for the toughest regulation of the British press in 300 years on Thursday after decades of misbehavior, final warnings and universal acceptance that the current system had failed.

Although rows lie ahead over whether a law will be required to underpin Leveson’s vision for a tough new regulator, the 63-year-old has shrewdly found a way forward which indicates that much of which he suggests is likely to be accepted by even his harshest critics.

Nov 29, 2012

PM Cameron opposes press law after hacking scandal

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday that he had serious concerns about legislation to regulate the media, risking a split in his coalition after a damning inquiry triggered by a phone-hacking scandal proposed a press watchdog backed in law.

Opposing a legal foundation to an independent press regulator will delight the British media ahead of the 2015 election but will deepen a divide in Cameron’s coalition government and within his own party.