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News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal

  • Rebekah Brooks appointed editor

    Rebekah Brooks appointed editor
    Rebekah Brooks appointed editor of NotW. Youngest national editor in the UK. During her three years as editor, it's alleged that NoW reporters hacked the phones of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler and the parents of the Soham murder victims. In 2003 she joined sister paper the Sun
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    Scandal Timeline

  • Milly Dowler diseappears

    Milly Dowler diseappears
    March 21st 2002
    13 year old Milly Dowler abducted from Walton on Thames
    Sept 2002 a body was found June 2011 Levi Bellfield convicted
  • Brooks admits to pay-offs

    Brooks admits to pay-offs
    At a parliamentary committee Brooks and Coulson(now editor) admits to paying police for information.
  • Origins of the scandal

    Origins of the scandal
    Clive Goodman, the royal editor writes about Prince William suffering a knee injury. Buckingham Palace suspects the prince's voicemail was hacked to get the story and in December calls in Scotland Yard. In August 2006, police arrest Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire for illegal phone hacking.
  • Goodman arrested

    Goodman arrested
    Clive Goodman, the News of the World's former royal editor, and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire are jailed for illegally accessing the royal phone messages
  • Press watchdog backs NoW line

    Press Complaints Commission issued a report on hacking but said it found no evidence of wrongdoing at the NoW.
  • Coulson joins conservatives

    Coulson joins conservatives
    Coulson joins Conservatives. Days later is appointed by David Cameron as media advisor
  • Murdoch jr takes over News Corp in europe and Asia

    Murdoch jr  takes over News Corp in europe and Asia
    James Murdoch, takes over as the chief executive of News Corp's European and Asian ops. In April of the following year, he agrees a payment to Gordon Taylor of the Football Association reported to be £700,000, to settle a phone hacking claim
  • Coulson repeats denial of widespread hacking

    Coulson repeats denial of widespread hacking
    Mr Coulson tells the Commons Culture committeethat he has "never condoned the use of phone hacking and nor do I have any recollection of incidences where phone hacking took place."
  • Story continues across 2010

    Story continues across 2010
    Across 2010 the stories kept coming out. Max Clifford was paid £1m to drop legal action. ex NotW Journalists claim hacking and other illegal journalism techniques were rampant and they were encouraged to do so. Scotland Yard re-opens case and Sienna Millers lawyers find new evidence in the material seized by Scotland Yard in August 2006.
  • Coulson resigns

    Coulson resigns
    Under mounting pressure on NotW and its executives Mr Coulson resigns from his post at Number 10, blaming the coverage of the phone-hacking scandal.
  • NoW reporters arrested

    NoW reporters arrested
    Three former NotW journalists arrested. News International admits liability and apologises "unreservedly" to several public figures.
  • NoW 'hacked' Milly Dowler's phone

    NoW 'hacked' Milly Dowler's phone
    The Guardian reports allegations that NoW hacked into the voicemails left for murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler when Rebekah Brooks was editor. She says it is "inconceivable" that she knew of the activity.
  • Murdoch closes NoW

    Murdoch closes NoW
    James Murdoch, announces that, after 168 years in print, the News of the World will close. On 10 July, the News of the World published for the last ever time. The paper says sorry for its conduct and admits: "We lost our way."
  • Brown Hacked

    Brown Hacked
    The Sunday Times is alleged to have illegally obtained private financial and property details of Gordon Brown . The Sunis accused of accessing private medical records about Mr Brown's son Fraser.
  • BSkyB deal goes under

    BSkyB deal goes under
    News Corporation withdraws its planned bid to take full ownership of satellite broadcaster BSkyB. The move came as MPs were to vote for a motion with cross party support calling on him to scrap the bid.
  • Scandal goes Global

    Scandal goes Global
    UK journalists alleged to have broken US wiretap laws. It follows reports that the News of the World approached a New York police officer attempting to buy phone records of people who died in the 9/11 attacks.
  • Met chief resigns, Brooks arrested

    Met chief resigns, Brooks arrested
    Sir Paul Stephenson resigns.He decides to step down after criticism of his links to former News of the World deputy editor Neil Wallis. Earlier on Sunday, following her resignation 2 days previously ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks is arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and on suspicion of corruption.
  • Murdochs face MPs questions

    Murdochs face MPs questions
    Rupert and James Murdoch appear before MPs to face questioning over the phone-hacking scandal. Rupert Murdoch told MPs he was not aware of the extent of phone hacking and had been misled by staff.
  • Sarah Payne's Phone Hacked

    Sarah Payne's Phone Hacked
    Sarah Payne is informed she may have been hacked by NotW. NotW and Sarah Payne worked closely on 'Sarahs Law' following the murder of Sarahs daughter.
  • News International offers £2m to Dowler family

    News International offers £2m to Dowler family
    News International agree a £2m settlement with the family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, whose phone was hacked. Rupert Murdoch also makes a personal donation of £1m to charity.
  • Numbers hacked revised up

    Numbers hacked revised up
    The Metropolitan Police reveals that up to 5,795 people may have had their phones hacked by the NotW newspaper. The figure is "very likely" to be revised in the future following further analysis, the police say.
  • Murdoch appears before MP's again

    Murdoch appears before MP's again
    James Murdoch insists he was unaware of widespread phone-hacking at the News of the World newspaper and rejects suggestions News International operated like the Mafia. He also says two former executives gave MPs "misleading" evidence.
  • Hugh Grant Hacked?

    Hugh Grant Hacked?
    Following the set up of the Levenson Enquiry the previous week Hugh Grant claims NotW hacked calls with a "plummy-voiced" woman.
  • Brooks and husband arrested

    Brooks and husband arrested
    Rebekah Brooks and her husband are arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, along with four other people. Mrs Brooks was previously arrested and released on bail in July 2011, on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and suspicion of corruption.
  • Murdoch Jr Resigns

    Murdoch Jr Resigns
    James Murdoch resigns as chairman of UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB, having previously stepped down as chairman of News International. Mr Murdoch, has repeatedly denied knowing about phone hacking at the News of the World and, in a statement, says he is "determined that the interests of BSkyB should not be undermined by matters outside the scope of this company".
  • Murdoch unfit or victim of witch hunt?

    Murdoch unfit or victim of witch hunt?
    A group of MPs investigating phone hacking concludes that Rupert Murdoch "is not a fit person" to run a major international company. The cross-party Parliamentary culture, media and sport committee's report says Mr Murdoch exhibited "wilful blindness" to what was going on in News Corporation. The News of the World and News International also misled Parliament about the scale of phone hacking, the report says.