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Feb 27, 2014

Ex-Murdoch editor Brooks: ‘I sanctioned payments to officials’

LONDON (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch’s former British newspaper boss, told a London court on Thursday she had sanctioned payments to public officials but denied authorizing illegal sums for which she is on trial.

Brooks is accused of authorizing almost 40,000 pounds ($66,000) in illegal payments from a reporter on Murdoch’s Sun tabloid to a Ministry of Defence official while she was editor of the paper.

Feb 27, 2014

Ex Murdoch editor Brooks: “I made lots of mistakes”

LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch’s
former British newspaper boss, told her trial over alleged
phone-hacking offences on Thursday that she had made lots of
mistakes and had regrets about some stories during her time as
editor of his tabloids.

Brooks, who edited Murdoch’s News of the World and Sun
papers from 2000 to 2009, said she regretted some of the stories
and headlines, saying some were cruel, harsh and “just wrong”.

Feb 26, 2014

Ex-Murdoch editor Brooks offered convicted phone-hacker a job

LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks, the former boss
of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, told her trial on
Wednesday she offered a journalist convicted of phone-hacking a
job to avoid the “publicity nightmare” of him going to an
employment tribunal.

Clive Goodman, the former royal editor of the News of the
World newspaper that Brooks edited until 2003, was jailed in
January 2007 for illegally accessing voicemail messages of
phones belonging to aides to Britain’s royal family.

Feb 25, 2014

Former Murdoch CEO Brooks denies knowledge of murdered girl phone-hack

LONDON (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks, former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper, told a London court on Tuesday she knew nothing about the 2002 hacking of the mobile phone of a murdered schoolgirl and spoke of her “horror” it had occurred.

Brooks, 45, who later became chief executive of the British newspaper arm of News Corp., also said she did not know phone-hacking was illegal while she was the paper’s editor.

Feb 24, 2014

Victims of BBC sex offender Savile were laughed at: report

LONDON (Reuters) – Victims of Jimmy Savile, the former BBC TV presenter who after his death was unmasked as one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders, said they were ignored or laughed at when they tried to report that he had abused them, a report said on Monday.

Last year, police said Savile, one of the country’s best-known celebrities in the 1970s and 1980s, had sexually abused hundreds of victims, mainly youngsters, at hospitals and at BBC premises over six decades until his death aged 84 in 2011.

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
weekly.

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
employees.

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
decades.

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
offender.