Rebekah Brooks told a London court that News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch asked her not to resign from her post running the company’s U.K. newspaper unit at the height of the phone-hacking scandal in July 2011.
Sally Dowler, whose 13-year-old daughter Milly was killed in 2002, told an inquiry how she had been deceived into thinking Milly was alive after News Corp.’s News of the World tabloid hacked her mobile phone.
Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News Corp.’s U.K. unit, was at the center of phone-hacking and bribery practices that were commonplace at two company newspapers for a decade, prosecutors said on the first day of a criminal trial in London.
Rebekah Brooks led a conspiracy involving her husband and code words to hide notebooks and computers from police following the discovery that journalists hacked the mobile phone of a missing teenager, prosecutors said.
Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, former editors of News Corp.’s U.K. tabloids, oversaw a decade of phone hacking and bribery at the two newspapers during a secret professional and personal relationship, prosecutors said.
Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News Corp.’s U.K. unit, was frequently in touch with work while on holiday during the Milly Dowler disappearance and told friends she liked “to keep on top of things,” a witness said.
The managing editor of News Corp.’s News of the World tabloid told police in 2002 that reporters had a tape of voice mails taken from a murdered schoolgirl’s phone, prosecutors said as the second day of testimony at the U.K. phone-hacking trial continued to focus on Milly Dowler.