Phone Hacking Trial: ‘Toxic’ NOTW closure mooted month before Guardian’s Milly Dowler revelations – Martin Hickman

So The Guardian cannot be blamed for closing the News of the World over Milly Dowler. There already was plan to close it as part of the move to take over BSkyB.Interesting admission.

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News-of-the-World-006 Day 61, Part 2:  Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspaper group considered closing the News of the World a month before the Guardian disclosed it had targeted missing girl Milly Dowler, the phone hacking trial heard today.

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Phone Hacking Trial: Brooks denies ordering NOTW execs to remove Dowler voicemail reference – Martin Hickman

Second denial re Milly Dowler story from Rebekah Brooks

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Dowler and NoWDay 57, Part 2:   Rebekah Brooks today denied ordering newspaper executives to remove a reference to a hacked voicemail from a story about Milly Dowler.

The News of the World changed a story on 13 April 2002 about a voicemail left for the missing 13-year-old after police questioned its veracity.

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Phone Hacking Trial: Rebekah Brooks wanted to blame Les Hinton and Colin Myler for phone hacking scandal – Martin Hickman

Interesting memo.This seems to reveal the desperation Rebekah Brooks felt as her Empire at the News of the World crumbled after the Milly Dowler hacking disclosure by The Guardian.

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Les-HintonNew York Daily News editor Colin MylerDay 54, Part 2:    Rebekah Brooks wanted to blame News International’s former chairman Les Hinton and the News of the World’s editor Colin Myler for the phone hacking scandal, according to a document disclosed today.

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Phone Hacking Trial: Edmondson, Coulson and the explanation for “do his phone” – Martin Hickman

An interesting explanation from Andy Coulson, former News of the World Editor, about what ” do his phone” meant – eg not hack but check Calum Best’s phone because he was boasting about leaks from the News of the World using another reporter’s phone!

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media_andy_coulson_2Day 29: Former News of the World news editor Ian Edmondson was discharged from the phone hacking trial on Thursday 12 December.  Mr Justice Saunders told the jury a “consensus” of medical evidence suggested he was unfit to participate in the current case.

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Phone Hacking Trial: Journalists told police they hacked Milly Dowler’s phone, court hears – Martin Hickman

Relationships between the News of the World and Surrey police are laid bare at today’s court hearing. The police repeatedly heard the hacked messages from murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler’s phone and did nothing to investigate the hacking. The paper obviously realised it had committed a big error in revealing the hacked messages when it removed verbatim quotes on the phone from the story in its second edition on April 15 2002.

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News of the WorldDay 7: Journalists at the News of the World repeatedly told Surrey police that they had listened to messages on Milly Dowler’s phone, the hacking trial heard today. Senior members of staff investigating the 13-year-old’s disappearance told the force that the paper had heard her voicemails on at least three occasions, the Old Bailey heard.

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Phone Hacking Trial: Coulson-Brooks affair assists Crown’s conspiracy claim – Martin Hickman

At last one of Fleet Street’s best known secrets – the Coulson-Brooks affair becomes public. The 6 year affair was going on, it appears, while Milly Dowler’s phone was being hacked in 2002. This the prosecution allege is why the pair could easily conspire together to commit crimes!

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Coulson BrooksThe News of the World ordered the hacking of Milly Dowler’s phone on the same day it sympathised with her distraught parents’ anguish, the phone hacking trial heard today. Milly went missing near her home in Walton on Thames, Surrey, in March 2002, sparking a large public police investigation and a parallel, covert one at the News of the World, the Old Bailey was told.

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