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Mar 20, 2014

Murdoch’s UK arm approved ‘industrial scale’ phone-hacking: court

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm approved phone-hacking “on an industrial scale” at its top-selling Sunday tabloid, the paper’s former royal editor told a London court on Thursday.

Clive Goodman, who was jailed in 2007 for hacking phones of senior aides to Britain’s royal family, made the allegation when asked why he had not raised the issue of bullying at the News of the World when he appealed against his dismissal following his conviction.

Mar 19, 2014

Ex-reporter says News Corp execs pressured him to be phone-hacking ‘lone wolf’

LONDON (Reuters) – The former royal editor at Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World told a London court on Wednesday that senior figures at Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm put pressure on him to take the flak for phone hacking to avoid implicating others.

Clive Goodman, who was jailed in 2007 for illegally accessing the voicemails of mobile phones belonging to senior aides to Britain’s royal family, said News International bosses tried to buy his silence and wanted him to be cast as a “lone wolf”.

Mar 19, 2014

News Corp executives pressured ex-reporter to take phone-hacking rap: court

LONDON (Reuters) – The former royal editor at Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World told a London court on Wednesday senior figures at News Corp.’s British newspaper arm put pressure on him to take the flak for phone-hacking to protect others.

Clive Goodman, who was jailed in 2007 for illegally accessing the voicemails of mobile phones belonging to senior aides to Britain’s royal family, said News International bosses had said after his arrest executives wanted him to be the “lone wolf”.

Mar 19, 2014

News Corp execs pressured ex-reporter to take phone-hacking rap-court

LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) – The former royal editor at
Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World told a London
court on Wednesday senior figures at News Corp.’s British
newspaper arm put pressure on him to take the flak for
phone-hacking to protect others.

Clive Goodman, who was jailed in 2007 for illegally
accessing the voicemails of mobile phones belonging to senior
aides to Britain’s royal family, said News International
bosses had said after his arrest executives wanted him
to be the “lone wolf”.

Mar 18, 2014

UK PM Cameron’s ex-media chief saw details of hacked royal calls – court

LONDON (Reuters) – Andy Coulson, British Prime Minister David Cameron’s ex-media chief, agreed to have the phones of royal aides monitored and saw transcripts of hacked voicemails when he was editing a Rupert Murdoch tabloid, a former reporter said on Tuesday.

Clive Goodman, the ex-royal editor of Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World tabloid, told a London court Coulson had approved a 500 pound weekly payment to a private detective who later hacked phones of staff working for Queen Elizabeth’s grandsons.

Mar 18, 2014

Cameron’s ex-media chief approved cash to monitor aides’ phones – court

LONDON (Reuters) – Andy Coulson, Prime Minister David Cameron’s ex-media chief and a former Rupert Murdoch editor, agreed to fund payments to monitor the phones of royal aides, a former reporter told a London court on Tuesday.

Clive Goodman, the ex-royal editor of Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World tabloid, who was jailed in 2007 for hacking the phones of the senior royal aides, said Coulson approved a 500 pound weekly payment to a private detective to monitor phones of staff working for Queen Elizabeth’s grandsons.

Mar 18, 2014

UK PM Cameron’s ex-media chief approved cash to monitor aides’ phones -court

LONDON (Reuters) – Andy Coulson, British Prime Minister David Cameron’s ex-media chief and a former Rupert Murdoch editor, agreed to fund payments to monitor the phones of royal aides, a former reporter told a London court on Tuesday.

Clive Goodman, the ex-royal editor of Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World tabloid, who was jailed in 2007 for hacking the phones of the senior royal aides, said Coulson approved a 500 pound ($830) weekly payment to a private detective to monitor phones of staff working for Queen Elizabeth’s grandsons.

Mar 17, 2014

Juror discharged from British phone-hacking trial as unwell

LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) – A juror was discharged on
Monday from the phone-hacking trial of two editors of Rupert
Murdoch’s now defunct British tabloid, the News of the World,
after becoming too unwell to continue.

Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News Corp.’s
British newspaper arm, and Andy Coulson, who later
became Prime Minister David Cameron’s media chief, are on trial
at London’s Old Bailey court accused of phone-hacking and other
charges.

Mar 13, 2014

Princess Diana leaked royal directories to Murdoch tabloid, court hears

LONDON (Reuters) – The former royal editor of Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct British tabloid the News of the World told a court on Thursday the late Princess Diana had given him a directory of royal phone numbers to get back at her then husband Prince Charles.

Clive Goodman said the confidential directory which contained numbers of senior members of Britain’s royal household was delivered to the newspaper’s offices in 1992 when Diana was growing increasingly bitter about her husband.

Mar 10, 2014

Brooks: I was “rubber stamp” for illegal payments to official

LONDON, March 10 (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks, Rupert
Murdoch’s former British newspaper chief, told a London court on
Monday it did not occur to her that one of her reporter’s
contacts, paid tens of thousands of pounds for exclusive
military stories, was a public official.

Under cross-examination at the Old Bailey, Brooks denied
inventing rules regarding illegal payments to officials, but
agreed she had merely been a “rubber stamp” when authorising
some 40,000 pounds ($67,000) in pay-outs to the military source.