Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News Corp.’s U.K. unit, approved payments to a Ministry of Defence employee for a series of stories, including the death of Prince William’s commanding officer in Afghanistan, prosecutors said.
Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive officer of News Corp.’s U.K. unit, told a friend of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron at a party that she wasn’t sure if Andy Coulson could “survive” the scandal over phone hacking at News Corp.’s News of the World tabloid.
Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive officer of News Corp.’s U.K. unit, had a “discreet” meeting with Andy Coulson days before he stepped down as prime minister David Cameron’s director of communications, prosecutors said.
A journalist at News Corp.’s News of the World told Andy Coulson, the tabloid’s editor, to halt payments of 2,000 pounds ($3,200) a week to an investigator who was employed to intercept voice-mail messages for stories.
Andy Coulson, the former editor of the News of the World, was told by a reporter at the News Corp. tabloid in an e-mail that a story had been “scammed” from an aide to the royal family’s voice mail, prosecutors said.
News Corp. tabloids repeatedly hacked phones and paid bribes to get stories about Britain’s royal family, including one in which Prince Harry sought help on an essay during his time at a military college, prosecutors said.