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PostPosted: 13-03-2012 17:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Brooks will miss Cheltenham. Maybe a race between police horses could be organised for them.

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Phone hacking: Rebekah Brooks arrested in Weeting probe
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17349578

Rebekah Brooks has been arrested for a second time in the Operation Weeting investigation

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Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has been arrested as part of the police inquiry into allegations of phone hacking.

Five other people were detained, including Mrs Brooks' husband, the racehorse trainer Charlie Brooks.

The arrests took place in Oxfordshire, London, Hampshire and Hertfordshire.

Police said one woman and five men were held on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, as part of the Operation Weeting hacking probe.

News International has confirmed that its head of security, Mark Hanna, is among the six people being held.

Former News of the World and Sun editor Mrs Brooks was arrested at her home in Oxfordshire. Her husband was also detained and they are now being held at separate police stations.

Officers are searching addresses connected to the arrests.

As well as Mrs Brooks, 43, and Mr Brooks, 49, the other people arrested are a 39-year-old man from Hampshire, a 46-year-old man from west London, a 38-year-old man from Hertfordshire, and a 48-year-old man from east London.

The six are being interviewed at police stations in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and London.

Mrs Brooks was arrested under Operation Weeting last July on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, before being released on police bail. She has also been arrested as part of the Operation Elveden investigation on suspicion of corruption.

Mrs Brooks is the only suspect among the six to have been arrested previously as part of the ongoing police operations. All the others are fresh arrests.

Mr Brooks is a good friend of David Cameron, whom he has known for more than 30 years since their days at Eton school.

The Brooks's live a few miles apart from the Camerons in the prime minister's constituency.

Mr Brooks wrote in his Daily Telegraph column on Monday about how much he was looking forward to going to the Cheltenham horse racing festival, which began on Tuesday.

"The happiest moment of my year is about three hours before the first race at Cheltenham on Tuesday," he said.

The Metropolitan Police said the arrests were carried out after consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service.

It brings the total number of people arrested in Operation Weeting and its linked inquiries to 44.

The other investigations are Operation Elveden into corrupt payments to police officers and Operation Tuleta into computer hacking.
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PostPosted: 13-03-2012 17:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The Brooks will miss Cheltenham. Maybe a race between police horses could be organised for them." rofl
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PostPosted: 17-03-2012 13:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

Horse face loaned to Murdoch.

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Archived papers reveal Thatcher secrets
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17366040
By Holly Wallis
BBC News

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Margaret Thatcher had a secret meeting with Rupert Murdoch at Chequers weeks before his 1981 purchase of the Times newspapers, newly released files show.

A note by her press secretary Bernard Ingham says the prime minister thanked Mr Murdoch for "keeping her posted".

But the contentious issue of whether to refer the bid to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission was not raised.

The official history of the Times had stated there was no direct contact between the pair at that stage.

The papers are being released by the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust.

The note by Mr Ingham (who became Sir Bernard in 1990) refers to a lunch with Mr Murdoch at Chequers on 4 January 1981, "to be treated Commercial - In Confidence".

It details the News Group chairman's intention to buy the Times newspapers and its supplements from the Thomson family.

Other papers among the archive reveal a hidden rebellion among backbench MPs, Ronald Reagan's doodles, and Margaret Thatcher's letter to a girl whose parents were divorcing.

'Reduction in manning'
According to Sir Bernard, Mr Murdoch told Mrs Thatcher he wished to make the Times operation profitable by introducing new technology and "a 25% reduction in overall manning".

During the meeting, he also stressed "the inevitability of progressing gradually".

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"Nor did he accept that printing outside London was an option; he was firmly of the opinion that the titles must be printed in London", wrote Sir Bernard.

The files show the key political question of whether Mr Murdoch's bid should be referred to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC) was not considered at the meeting.

At the time, Mr Murdoch already owned the Sun and News of the World newspapers.

The Fair Trading Act 1973 required that all significant newspaper takeovers be submitted to the MMC, unless the Secretary of State certified a paper was unprofitable and under threat of closure.

In the end, this clause enabled the purchase to go ahead without a referral because of major losses at the Times.

Redundancies had already been announced by the Thomsons, which owned the newspaper.

However, the Sunday Times had remained profitable during that period and was expected to return to financial health.

The takeover issue was first discussed in government at the cabinet economic strategy committee on 26 January 1981, chaired by Mrs Thatcher.

Recently-released minutes of the meeting show that the PM began by highlighting the exemption under the Fair Trading Act allowing Mr Murdoch's bid to avoid referral to the MMC.

Chris Collins, the only historian to have studied the papers closely having worked for Mrs Thatcher since 1992, told the BBC the meeting with Mr Murdoch at Chequers was clearly "fresh information".

"He's not setting out some great plan to absolutely transform the British newspaper industry. He's hinting at it, but he certainly doesn't go far in that direction."

Mr Collins said the meeting was "not really an attempt to do a political deal".

"His great asset, which he lays out before her, is that actually he's the only person who wants to keep the Times going... he's in a very strong position and he knows it."

'See you in New York'
Sir Bernard's note finally recalls how "the Prime Minister thanked Mr Murdoch for keeping her posted on his operations".


The pair met several times over the years including at an awards event in 1991
"She did no more than wish him well in his bid, noting the need for much improved arrangements in Fleet Street affecting manning and the introduction of new technology."

In a letter included in the archive, Mr Murdoch later wrote: "It was kind indeed of you to let me interrupt your weekend at Chequers 10 days ago and I greatly enjoyed seeing you again.

"The Times business is proceeding and the field has contracted down to only two or three of us. Thomsons will make up their mind in the next day or so.

"We hope to see you in New York on the 28 February."

Trouble in Wapping
Following his successful takeover of the Times newspapers, Mr Murdoch established the News International printing plant in Wapping, east London.

It was here in 1986 that violent protests broke out over working conditions and the dismissal of employees.

It became one of Britain's most bitter industrial disputes, lasting a year and effectively breaking the power wielded by print unions over the newspaper industry.

Along with the miners' strike of 1984-1985, the trouble in Wapping is often seen against a background of new legislation to curb the influence of the unions, brought in by Mrs Thatcher.

The revelation of the 1981 meeting between Mrs Thatcher and Mr Murdoch comes after recent evidence given to the Leveson Inquiry revealed an allegedly cosy relationship between the press and politicians in the UK.

The Leveson Inquiry was set up in July 2011 to examine relations between the press, politicians and police following the phone-hacking scandal at News International.

Mrs Thatcher's private papers are among a collection being made available to the public at the Churchill Archive Centre (CAC) in Cambridge and on the website of the Margaret Thatcher Foundation.

The meeting between Mrs Thatcher and Mr Murdoch was specifically denied in The History of The Times, Volume VII, Graham Stewart's book covering events at the newspaper between 1981 to 2002.

The publishers of the Times have not commented on the release of the files.
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PostPosted: 21-03-2012 22:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sources close to the horses mouth deny that Ms Brookes was given a lift home in a (police) horse drawn carriage.

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Phone hacking: Rebekah Brooks questioned again by police
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17461296

Rebekah Brooks has been arrested for a second time in the Operation Weeting investigation

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Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has faced further police questioning after answering bail.

The 43-year-old was questioned at Milton Keynes police station by officers from Operation Elveden, the Metropolitan Police said.

She was re-bailed to return to a London police station in May.

Operation Elveden is the Met's investigation into corrupt payments to police officers.

Mrs Brooks's spokesman declined to comment.

She was last arrested on 13 March on suspicion of conspiring to pervert the course of justice as part of Operation Weeting, the Metropolitan Police's investigation into phone-hacking.

Five men were also detained, including Mrs Brooks's husband, Charlie, a racehorse trainer.

Mrs Brooks was first arrested last July on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and corruption, before being released on police bail.

The former Sun editor had resigned from her job at News International days earlier.

A total of 22 people have been arrested under Weeting, which has been running since January last year, Scotland Yard said.
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PostPosted: 26-03-2012 20:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesing Panorama tonight about how News Corp hired hackers to sabotage their pay TV rivals OnDigital. Remember them? 'Cause I do, I was one of the suckers who subscribed only to see the pirates destroy it (although it was never the slickest operation in the shop, at least at the beginning). Ofcom should take note: News Corp are not fit to run these TV businesses.
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PostPosted: 28-03-2012 21:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

Full story:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17536217

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News Corporation's Australian branch in new hacking row

Senior Australian officials have expressed concern over allegations that News Corporation engaged in hacking and piracy in order to damage its commercial television competitors.

The allegations suggested that the firm owned by Rupert Murdoch had set up a unit to sabotage rivals.

The Australian Financial Review said this was done by making pirate copies of competitors' smart cards.

News Corporation has denied any role in fostering piracy in pay television.

In a statement, its Australian arm News Limited said the newspaper report was "full of factual inaccuracies, flawed references, fanciful conclusions and baseless accusations".

"News Limited... has spent considerable resources fighting piracy in Australia. It is ironic and deeply frustrating that we should be drawn into a story concerning the facilitation of piracy," it said.

Similar claims that News Corporation was hacking into codes required to view subscription TV and then making them available on the black market were made on Monday in a BBC television programme about Mr Murdoch's company operations in Britain.

The British regulator - Ofcom - says it will investigate all relevant evidence of phone and computer hacking.


So it's not only the UK where News Corp's underhand means were used to disable rivals, but Australia too. Anywhere else, we wonder?
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PostPosted: 03-04-2012 17:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

One down:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17599269 (full story)

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James Murdoch resigns as BSkyB chairman

James Murdoch has resigned from his role as chairman of UK broadcaster BSkyB, but will remain on the board.

The move is part of an effort to distance that company from the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World newspaper, once a Murdoch title.

It means he no longer has a major role at a UK company. He also stood down as chairman of the newspaper publisher, News International, last month.

His father Rupert founded its parent company, News Corporation.

News Corporation had to drop its plans to take over the 61% of profit-making BSkyB it does not own as the hacking scandal began to gather momentum.

James Murdoch said in a statement that he did not want BSkyB to be undermined by "matters outside this company".

Sources told Robert Peston, the BBC's business editor, that it was Mr Murdoch's own decision to leave...


Except he's still on the board of course, so the corruption continues. But could this mean new revelations are around the corner?
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PostPosted: 05-04-2012 19:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

Full story:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17628600

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Sky News admits 'canoe man' John Darwin email hack

Sky News has said it illegally hacked emails belonging to members of the public on two separate occasions.

The broadcaster said it hacked emails from John Darwin, who faked his own death in a canoe, and his wife Anne.

A spokesman for Sky News said police "absolutely knew" the emails - which it passed to officers working on the Darwin case - were obtained by hacking.

Sky News said the action was in the public interest and amounted to "responsible journalism".

The second email hacking incident Sky disclosed targeted the accounts of a suspected paedophile and his wife.

The broadcaster released a statement which said: "Sky News is committed to the highest editorial standards.

"Like other news organisations, we are acutely aware of the tensions that can arise between the law and responsible investigative journalism.

"We stand by these actions as editorially justified and in the public interest."

The statement went on: "We do not take such decisions lightly or frequently.

"They require finely balanced judgement based on individual circumstances and must always be subjected to the proper editorial controls..."


How much do you want to bet these aren't isolated incidents? I don't know why people are so up in arms about the government spying on citizens, News Corp have been doing it unchallenged for ages.
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PostPosted: 20-04-2012 15:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17787273

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Dozens more phone-hacking legal claims emerge

Dozens more claims against News Group Newspapers in the phone-hacking civil litigation have emerged, including by footballer Wayne Rooney and Sir John Major's ex-daughter-in-law Emma Noble.

Lawyers said they also included Cherie Blair and politician Nigel Farage.

At the High Court, Mr Justice Vos is deciding issues concerned with a second wave of litigation over phone hacking.

Hugh Tomlinson QC said there were 4,791 potential victims in total, of whom the police had contacted 1,892 people.

There is a trial date of February 2013 for any cases that are not settled in advance.

The judge urged the importance of budgeting after hearing that £10m in costs had been incurred in individual cases so far.

He said it was "unbelievable" that 55 different firms of solicitors were representing 100 claimants and said it would be appropriate to encourage claimants to instruct lawyers who already had specialist knowledge of the litigation.

Mr Justice Vos was told that some of those bringing claims were likely to wish to remain anonymous.

But he said: "If you bring legal proceedings in this country, you expect to have them publicly known.

"There are cases where that is not the situation, but they are few and far between, and that should be made clear."

After the hearing, lawyers Atkins Thomson issued a register of the names of individuals who have issued claims in the second round of litigation.

They include footballer Ryan Giggs, singer James Blunt, former royal butler Paul Burrell, footballer Peter Crouch and his wife Abigail Clancy, TV presenter Jamie Theakston, David Beckham's father Ted Beckham, TV presenter Matt Dawson and actor James Nesbitt.


Good timing for this story what with more NI journalists being arrested yesterday and the Murdochs in front of the Leveson inquiry next week.
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PostPosted: 24-04-2012 21:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

Full story:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17829360

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Labour has called for Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt to resign after Leveson Inquiry evidence appeared to show his support for News Corp's bid for BSkyB.

During evidence from James Murdoch, the inquiry discussed News Corp emails that appeared to show Mr Hunt had privately expressed support.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said Mr Hunt had acted as a "back channel" for the Murdochs and should step down.

Mr Hunt said he had "conducted this process with scrupulous fairness".

He said he had asked Lord Justice Leveson to bring forward his appearance at the inquiry.

"Now is not a time for kneejerk reactions. We've heard one side of the story today but some of the evidence reported meetings and conversations that simply didn't happen," he said in a statement.

Mr Cameron earlier said that he had "full confidence" in the culture secretary.

But Mr Miliband said Mr Cameron was "out of touch" and that if Mr Hunt refused to resign he should "show some leadership and fire him".

"Jeremy Hunt should have been standing up for the interests of the British people. In fact it now turns out he was standing up for the interests of the Murdochs," Mr Miliband told the BBC News Channel.

"He himself said that his duty was to be transparent, impartial and fair. But now we know he was providing advice, guidance and privileged access to News Corporation."

Mr Hunt took over responsibility for overseeing the BSkyB bid after Business Secretary Vince Cable was stripped of the role, having been secretly recorded saying he had "declared war" on News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch...


Look! An actual proper conspiracy with proof and everything! Like Watergate or something!
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PostPosted: 24-04-2012 22:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

Top marks to Leveson for leaving no stone unturned and Jay for his razor sharp filleting of the media, police and political BS. I am astonished that Hunt is still n office.
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PostPosted: 25-04-2012 06:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, apparently he has the full confidence of the Prime Minister, which usually seems to mean they're filling a banker's box with their personal effects as we speak Smile.
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I heard about this story this morning and I'm amazed that he didn't resign immediately or be kicked out of office. In fact from the way it was being described this morning on the Pat Kenny show there should have been some sort of mob round his office helping him to pack his stuff and turfing him out on the street.
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PostPosted: 25-04-2012 11:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

He should be hunted out of office. The Police might lend some horses.
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Hunt's assistant resigned today, seems to be taking the blame for his boss. What was it they called him on the Today programme?
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