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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.

Mar 6, 2014

Brooks and Coulson shared close secrets at time of Dowler hack

LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks, the former boss
of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, admitted on Thursday
she and her deputy Andy Coulson would have shared intimate work
secrets at the time the paper she edited was hacking a murdered
schoolgirl’s phone.

Brooks and Coulson are both on trial on conspiracy to hack
phones when they were at Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World
tabloid, including that of 13-year-old Milly Dowler who was
murdered in 2002 when Brooks was editor.

Mar 5, 2014

Brooks denies phone-hacking cover-up at Murdoch’s UK arm

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s former British newspaper boss, Rebekah Brooks, denied on Wednesday she was part of a cover-up to conceal the extent of phone-hacking at one of his tabloids, but agreed she had paid 1 million pounds to buy the silence of one outraged victim.

Brooks, who ran News Corp.’s British arm, News International, until 2011, also said she could not explain why the editor of one of its papers had said to her all was “going so well” on the day his royal editor had pleaded guilty to phone-hacking.

Mar 5, 2014

Brooks accused of knowing about UK phone-hacking cover-up for years

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s former British newspaper boss Rebekah Brooks was accused by prosecutors on Wednesday of having known for years that phone-hacking was far wider than her company had acknowledged and was part of a cover-up.

Brooks, who ran News Corp.’s British arm News International until 2011, also said she could not explain why the editor of one of its papers had said to her all was “going so well” on the day his royal editor had pleaded guilty to phone-hacking.

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”.