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Mar 4, 2014

Murdoch told me not to quit amid phone-hacking row – Brooks

LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks, former boss of
Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, told a London court on
Tuesday how the media mogul had persuaded her not to quit amid
public revulsion over the hacking of a murdered schoolgirl’s
phone.

Brooks, on trial for phone-hacking offences, said a 2011
report that journalists on Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid
had tapped the voicemail messages of 13-year-old Milly Dowler
had caused a national scandal, with her at its centre,
describing it at the time as a “sexist witch hunt”.

Mar 4, 2014

UK hacking furor turned into ‘sexist witch hunt’: Brooks

LONDON (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks, former boss of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, told a London court on Tuesday the media mogul had persuaded her not to quit amid public revulsion over the hacking of a murdered schoolgirl’s phone.

Brooks, on trial for phone-hacking offences, said a 2011 report that journalists on Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid had tapped the voicemail messages of 13-year-old Milly Dowler had caused a national scandal, with her at its center, describing it at the time as a “sexist witch hunt”.

Mar 3, 2014

Closure of Murdoch’s UK paper discussed before hacking furore -Brooks

LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) – Bosses at News International,
Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, discussed closing a
tabloid at the centre of phone-hacking claims weeks before it
was hit by revelations that it had tapped a murdered
schoolgirl’s mobile, a London court heard on Monday.

Rebekah Brooks, the former News International boss on trial
for phone-hacking offences, said the closure of the News of the
World had been considered as a way of trying to save News Corp’s
$12 billion bid for the British pay-TV operator BSkyB
before it was engulfed in the scandal over the tapping
of murdered Milly Dowler’s phone.

Feb 28, 2014

Ex-Murdoch British CEO Brooks paid official for Saddam anthrax story

LONDON (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks, the ex-chief executive of News Corp.’s British newspaper arm, told a London court on Friday she had paid a public official for a story about former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein planning to attack Britain with the poison anthrax.

Brooks, who is on trial on charges of sanctioning such illegal payments, said she agreed to pay for the 1998 report when she was deputy editor of Rupert Murdoch’s Sun tabloid because there was an “overwhelming public interest” to do so.

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.