Clive Goodman, the News Corp. royal reporter sent to prison for phone hacking, told a London court that his editor, Andy Coulson, offered him a job to “keep silent” about the extent of the practice at the News of the World tabloid.
Clive Goodman, the News Corp. royal reporter who served a jail sentence for phone hacking, told a London court that he hacked the phones of Princes William and Harry and Kate Middleton close to 200 times.
Princess Diana gave a journalist at News Corp.’s News of the World the royal telephone directory that triggered a scandal that has hung over the company for nearly eight years, the reporter told a London court.
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.
Andy Coulson’s lawyer attacked the credibility of prosecution witnesses at the U.K. phone-hacking trial, saying one former reporter at News Corp.’s News of the World listened to Kate Middleton’s voice-mail messages on Valentine’s Day in 2006.
Rebekah Brooks was cast as the chief villain in the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal for three years. Her supporters cheered when she was cleared of all charges after an eight-month trial that pored over her life as a tabloid editor, executive, wife and mistress.