Alastair Campbell, once the director of communications for former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, sued News Corp.’s British unit and the private detective who pleaded guilty to hacking celebrities’ voice mails.
Paul Staines, who writes the “Guido Fawkes” blog of U.K. political gossip, was summoned to appear at an inquiry into media standards after he published evidence submitted to the probe by Alastair Campbell, who was spokesman for former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Rowan Somerville won the Bad Sex in Fiction Award , the U.K.’s “most dreaded literary prize,” for a scene in which a nipple is likened to the upturned “nose of the loveliest nocturnal animal, sniffing in the night.”
Rupert Murdoch, feted by leaders who feared the sway his media empire held over British voters, has been put on notice by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron that “the clock has stopped” on his influence over British politics.
News Corp.’s British publishing unit faces two lawsuits over the July firing of a tabloid editor at the behest of the board-appointed committee probing phone- hacking and other illegal tactics by the company’s journalists.
Australia’s ruling Labor Party may lose 35 of its 71 lower house seats in the Sept. 14 election, according to a new poll, amid speculation Kevin Rudd may challenge Prime Minister Julia Gillard before the week is out.