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The Guardian | Thursday 21 July 2011


The Guardian | Thursday 21 July 2011



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11 June NoW’s royal correspondent, Clive Goodman, writes a story about medical treatment that Prince William received, information only a handful of the prince’s close aides knew about. The palace suspects interference with voicemail of royals and staff, and calls in Scotland Yard

May 29 Solicitors Harbottle & Lewis send letter to News International head of legal affairs Jon Chapman saying that they had reviewed emails from senior reporters and executives at News International (NI) and had not found anything “which appeared to us to be reasonable evidence that Clive Goodman’s illegal actions were known about and supported by both or either of Andy Coulson, the editor, and Neil Wallis, the deputy editor, and/or that Ian Edmondson, the news editor, and others were carrying out similar illegal procedures”

James Murdoch Deputy chief operating officer of News Corporation. Personally approved payoffs Elisabeth Murdoch and Matthew Freud Murdoch’s daughter and her husband are untainted by the phone hacking scandal. She was expected to take on a role in BSkyB’s UK business if the takeover deal had gone through Rebekah Brooks Chief executive of News International, who was initially protected by Rupert Murdoch, but forced to quit. Faces questions over hacking of Milly Dowler’s mobile, which took place when she edited the News of the World


Some of those thought to have emerged as victims in 2006 Andy Gray, Sky Sports pundit; Boris Johnson, mayor of London; Elle MacPherson, model; George Galloway; Gordon Taylor, ex-chief executive of the Professional Footballer’s Association; Helen Asprey, aide to the Prince of Wales; Sir Ian Blair, ex-Met commissioner; Max Clifford; Sienna Miller; Simon Hughes; Sky Andrew; Steve Coogan; Tessa Jowell


8 August Police arrest Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, seize computer records, paperwork and audiotapes

26 January Goodman and Mulcaire are jailed. Andy Coulson resigns as News of the World editor, claiming to have known nothing. He is succeeded by Colin Myler

Andy Gray

2003 Operation Motorman investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office into allegations of offences under the Data Protection Act by the British press



Elle Macpherson

George Galloway

Max Clifford

Andy Coulson, 29 September 2006

Sky Andrew

15 May The Press Complaints Commission publishes its hacking report, finding no further evidence of wrongdoing. To avoid a repeat of the controversy it makes recommendations to newspapers and magazines on monitoring payments to external contributors

7 December Rupert Murdoch to step down as BSkyB’s nonexecutive chairman to be replaced by his son, James. Long-term Murdoch ally Les Hinton leaves NI for Dow Jones

July NI gives Goodman a payoff because it failed to follow statutory procedures

July 9 Coulson becomes media adviser to David Cameron, leader of the opposition

Will Lewis NI’s general manager since July 2010. Reviewed internal emails and found they contained proof staff were involved in hacking and that Andy Coulson was aware illegal payments were made to police

Steve Coogan 6 March 2007 Les Hinton, chairman of NI gives evidence to MPs on the select committee on culture, media and sport. Asked if he had conducted “a full, rigorous internal inquiry” and was “absolutely convinced” Goodman was the only person who knew about the phone hacking, he said yes.