News Corp.’s position that phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid was limited to a rogue reporter became “shaky” after the discovery of a 2005 e-mail showed the practice was widespread, Rebekah Brooks, the former head of the company’s U.K. unit, testified today.
Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News Corp.’s U.K. unit, almost came to tears as she told a London court about the breakdown of her first marriage to actor Ross Kemp and her affair with Andy Coulson.
Tony Blair offered to unofficially advise Rebekah Brooks and News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch at the height of the phone-hacking scandal in 2011 that led to the closure of the News of the World tabloid, prosecutors said.
News Corp. journalists and a private investigator employed by the company’s News of the World tabloid made 6,813 calls targeting 282 voice mails during 2005 and 2006, according to billing data analyzed by police.
Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News Corp.’s U.K. unit, discussed phone hacking with her ex- husband weeks before the closure of the company’s News of the World tabloid, prosecutors said as they wrapped up the their three-month-old case today.
News Corp.’s editors at the News of the World Sunday tabloid discussed phone hacking in daily meetings, a former reporter said, increasing pressure on executives to explain when they became aware of the practice.