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November 26 2011


UK - Since the closure of News of the World, Sunday newspaper readers vanish

Guardian :: The latest newspaper readership figures suggest that a huge number of people have stopped reading a Sunday newspaper altogether since the closure of the News of the World. The statistics released today by the National Readership Survey (NRS) are the first to cover the period following the NoW's closure on 10 July.

Details - continue to read Roy Greenslade, www.guardian.co.uk

September 14 2011


Phone hacking: News Int. finds 'large caches' of documents "current management was unaware of"

Guardian :: The publisher of the News of the World has found "many tens of thousands" of new documents and emails that could contain evidence about the scale of phone hacking at the paper, it has emerged. Michael Silverleaf QC, the barrister for the News International subsidiary News Group Newspapers (NGN), told the high court at a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday: "Two very large new caches of documents have been [discovered] which the current management were unaware of."

Continue to read James Robinson, www.guardian.co.uk

July 18 2011


"Trash" bag treasure: 11,000 pages of handwritten notes - Scotland Yard's role in the phone-hacking scandal

New York Times :: Four years, from August 2006, when they were seized, until autumn 2010, six overstuffed plastic bags gathered dust and little else in a Scotland Yard evidence room. No one at the Metropolitan Police Service took care. Inside the bin ("trash") bags was a treasure-trove of evidence: 11,000 pages of handwritten notes listing nearly 4,000 celebrities, politicians, sports stars, police officials and crime victims whose phones may have been hacked by The News of the World, a now defunct British tabloid newspaper. During that same four years, senior Scotland Yard officials assured Parliament, judges, lawyers, potential hacking victims, the news media and the public that there was no evidence of widespread hacking by the tabloid.

Scotland Yard's role - continue to read Don Van Natta, Jr., www.nytimes.com

July 13 2011


Rupert Murdoch has withdrawn his $12 billion BSkyB bid

Huffington Post :: HuffPo reports that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. has withdrawn its $12 billion bid for BSkyB. The withdrawal represents a devastating blow to Murdoch, who had desperately sought to take full control of the satellite broadcaster. It comes after the British government dramatically withdrew its support for the bid on Tuesday in consequence of recent phone-hacking scandal in which News of the Worlds was involved.

Continue to read Jack Mirkinson, www.huffingtonpost.com

July 11 2011


NOTW e-mails found - Evidence of alleged criminal behaviour: payments to the police

BBC :: As BBC reports News International found e-mails in 2007 that appeared to indicate that payments were being made to the police for information, although this evidence of alleged criminal behaviour was not handed to the Metropolitan Police for investigation until 20 June of this year. According to sources, these e-mails were in the possession of the firm of solicitors, Harbottle & Lewis. They were retrieved from Harbottle & Lewis by lawyers acting for News Interernational and for William Lewis - general manager of News International - who is in charge of News International's clean-up of what went wrong at the News of the World, and who was recruited by News International last July.

Continue to read Robert Peston, www.bbc.co.uk

July 10 2011


Arianna Huffington: political elite would not stuck with the NOTW story, but journalists

Huffington Post :: A reminder. This week Britain's phone hacking scandal mushroomed from journalistic black-eye to a crisis engulfing the UK's most powerful institutions. News of the World was published for the last time today.

[Arianna Huffington:] Although filled with journalists behaving badly, it's important to remember that it was journalists, especially the Guardian's Nick Davies and Amelia Hill, who diligently stuck with this story for years and brought it to light -- something the political elite and the paid-off police wouldn't do.

Continue to read Arianna Huffington, www.huffingtonpost.com


Phone hacking and News of the World: Rupert Murdoch has taken risks too far

Guardian :: The advertiser boycott of the News of the World grew and grew recently. It wasn't a question of who would be pulling their ads any longer, more of whether anybody would dare to take space. 

[Peter Preston:] Didn't Rupert (Murdoch) traditionally ring up the News of the World editor every Saturday afternoon and ask "What have you got"? Did he never go on to inquire where it came from, then? How could Rebekah Brooks, NOTW chief executive have been unaware of her whole show going off the rails?

There is a risk that the destruction of the News of the World in a mushroom cloud of contrition, doesn't work for the Rupert Murdoch's news empire. Will it ease the pressure and let News Corp get back to making pots of money from movies and television? That's what an increasingly restive board in New York, flanked by an even more restive array of corporate shareholders, will be hoping. But it's very hard to see that happening. 

Continue to read Peter Preston, www.guardian.co.uk


Protect whistleblowers - Rupert Murdoch thanked the NOTW's staff for their loyal silence

Guardian :: The truth about the truth. Nick Cohen: "We like to think of ourselves as speakers of truth to power. The British national stereotype holds that we are a sturdy people, who are proud of our right to speak our minds. Our behaviour at work belies the cliche. I know good journalists at News International, but not one of them challenged a management that was presiding over a criminal conspiracy. If they had spoken plainly, their editors would have fired them and in all likelihood they would never have worked in the media again, because no other manager would want them to do to him what they had done to his predecessors."

[Nick Cohen, Guardian:] Spill the beans on your company's criminal activities and you'll not just lose your job, you could lose your career

Continue to read Nick Cohen, www.guardian.co.uk


Ex-Murdoch editor Andrew Neil: everybody knew the NOTW newsroom was out of control

Guardian :: Andrew Neil, one of Rupert Murdoch's former leading editors, who edited the Sunday Times, said the News of the World, or NOTW, did not have a public interest defence for its practices, exposed by the Guardian, one of the most significant media stories of modern times. It suggests that rather than being a one off journalist or rogue private investigator, it was systemic throughout the News of the World, and to a lesser extent the Sun.

[Andrew Neil:] Particularly in the News of the World, this was a newsroom out of control … Everyone who knows the News of the World, everybody knows this was going on. But it did no good to talk about it. One News of the World journalist said to me … it was dangerous to talk about it.

Continue to read Vikram Dodd, www.guardian.co.uk

July 09 2011


Ex News of the World journalists plan an "inside story" blog

paidContent :: News International is taking down its online paywall for the last edition of The News of the World, or NOTW, on Sunday, July 10. But the scandal-ridden newspaper might just get scooped by one of its own. An anonymous person, calling herself @ExNOTWJourno on Twitter, has said that she is getting together with ex-colleagues from the newspaper to launch a blog on Saturday night that promises the “inside story” of NOTW.

Continue to read Ingrid Lunden, paidcontent.co.uk

July 07 2011


The death of the News Of The World

What an incredible few days. The PCC’s statement yesterday was extraordinary – even if it turns out to be merely a cosmetic exercise. Today’s announcement that the News of the World will end as a brand is, as its mooted replacement would say, a “stunner”.

It took almost exactly 3 days – 72 hours – to kill off a 168-year-old brand. Yes, there were other allegations and two years in the lead up to The Guardian’s revelation that Milly Dowler was targeted by the newspaper. But Milly Dowler and the various other ordinary people who happened to be caught up in newsworthy events (kidnappings, victims of terrorist attacks, families of dead soldiers), were what turned the whole affair.

That story was published at 16.29 on Monday. Incredible.

We talk a lot about the disintermediation of the press – the fact that companies, governments and celebrities can communicate directly with the public. The targeting of the News Of The World’s advertisers, and the rapid mobilisation of thousands of signatures supporting an inquiry, demonstrated that that disintermediation works the other way too. Where once the media could have acted as a dampener on how public protest appeared to advertisers and Parliament, their powers to do so now are more limited.

So while The Sun may be moving to 7-day production, that doesn’t make this a rebranding or a relaunch. As of Monday, The News of the World brand is dead, 168 years of journalistic history (not to mention 200 jobs) offered up as a sacrifice.

Whether that sacrifice is accepted, and to what extent, is yet to be seen. In the meantime, the significance of this shouldn’t be underestimated.

This post originally appeared on the blog Facebook page


September 03 2010


‘The silence is almost eerie’: press holds back on phone hacking scandal

Allegations of phone hacking at the News of the World resurfaced this week following an investigation by the New York Times which looked at past allegations as well as a new case being legally pursued by a third party. This has led to calls today for a judicial review from industry bodies and politicians.

But coverage of the event by the rest of the media has come under criticism by numerous publications and bloggers.

Caroline Crampton at the New Statesman reflected on the issue the day after the story broke, when she claims the Guardian was the only national newspaper to have reported on the NYTimes article at the time.

The Times, the Telegraph, the Independent, the Daily Mail, the Sun and the Mirror all failed to cover the story at all. Considering that the investigation uncovers a widespread culture of phone-hacking at a major Sunday paper, with one source saying “Everyone knew. The office cat knew”, I would have thought that Fleet Street would have more to say about the low tactics employed by one of its number.

But the silence on the Coulson story from the rest is almost eerie. Papers are usually desperate to expose each other’s failures. Why are they holding back?

Online media watchdog Tabloid Watch makes the same points, while editor of the Liberal Conspiracy blog Sunny Hundal wrote on the Guardian website that while he expected News International publications to avoid the topic, he was disappointed by a lack of coverage on BBC radio early on.

It comes as little surprise News International subsidiaries and other tabloids have avoided it. But the BBC’s radio silence also speaks volumes: not just about their deference to the new administration, but of unwillingness to investigate their peers. It needed the New York Times to blow the story wide open again.

(…) The conscience of our country is determined more by Rupert Murdoch’s private interests than is healthy, already. These controversies say less about rightwing bloggers (whose smears are used as a proxy) and more about the collusion that takes place among the media establishment.

However the BBC has since followed up on the Time’s report, including an interview on Radio 4′s Today programme with Lord John Prescott this morning discussing his own concerns of being targeted by phone hackers while BBC Surrey’s Nick Wallis yesterday discussed the report, admitting that the BBC had only touched on the issue “from time to time” but said he would be writing to every Conservative MP in Surrey and asking them if they are happy that David Cameron kept former NOTW editor Andy Coulson as his PR man.

The article by the New York Times is due to be published in its Sunday magazine this weekend.Similar Posts:

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