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.
Andy Coulson, the former editor of News Corp.’s News of the World, told a court he probably wouldn’t have been hired as an adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron if he had admitted that he was aware of phone hacking at the newspaper.
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.
Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, former lead editors of the News of the World tabloid in Britain, are among eight former News Corp. journalists being charged with conspiring to intercept voice mail to get stories.
Last weekend was a pretty good weekend to be young in Belfast. On Saturday, the city’s new Lord Mayor, Niall O Donnghaile of Sinn Fein, hosted his first Lord Mayor’s parade. O Donnghaile is 26, the youngest person to hold the office in Belfast’s 400- year history.