British prosecutors have charged a former aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron and a close confidant of media baron Rupert Murdoch with illegal eavesdropping on voice mail, authorities said Tuesday.
Former News International chief Rebekah Brooks blasted British prosecutors Tuesday for charging her with obstructing the investigation into phone hacking at media mogul Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers, calling the case "an expensive sideshow."
Rebekah Brooks, a former newspaper editor and News Corp. executive, was grilled Friday about her close relationship with Prime Minister David Cameron and other top politicians at a UK inquiry into media ethics.
There had to be something special about Rebekah Brooks. Here was a woman, after all, who managed to be a close friend of Tony and Cherie Blair, then a friend (perhaps less close and more briefly) of Gordon and Sarah Brown, and then a very close ("lots of love") friend of David and Samantha Cameron.
Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of the British tabloid News of the World and a confidante of its owner, Rupert Murdoch, was arrested Tuesday in connection with a phone-hacking investigation, police said.
Phone hacking was "widely discussed" at News of the World, the royal correspondent jailed and sacked for the practice wrote in 2007, according to documents released Tuesday by a Parliament committee investigating the scandal.
James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks, who had testified before a British parliamentary committee regarding the UK phone hacking scandal, have been asked to clarify some of their testimony, a lawmaker said Friday.
The mother of a British girl whose murder spurred legislation to protect children says her phone was targeted by a private investigator working for the now-defunct tabloid that led the campaign for the new law.
British lawmakers investigating police handling of the country's phone-hacking scandal released a blistering judgment on law enforcement and on Rupert Murdoch's News International Wednesday, including criticism of top police officers and former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks.
Media baron Rupert Murdoch, his son James Murdoch and former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks testified Tuesday in front of a parliamentary hearing in London on phone hacking. CNN's Richard Quest, Dan Rivers and Jonathan Wald, who all attended the hearings, give their impressions.
Nothing illustrated Britain's love-hate relationship with Rupert Murdoch better than Tuesday's parliamentary select committee hearing into the phone-hacking scandal. The British public hate the persona of Murdoch, his power and influence, yet voraciously consume his products.
Seated side by side, News Corp. magnate Rupert Murdoch and his son, James, told British lawmakers Tuesday they were not to blame in a burgeoning scandal that has raised questions of how much top executives knew about illegal phone hacking and when.
Investigators have found no sign of foul play in the death of a man identified as the whistleblower behind the scandal surrounding media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News International, British police announced Tuesday.
News Corp. founder Rupert Murdoch, his son James and former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks went before lawmakers Tuesday to answer questions about the phone hacking scandal that has gripped the UK and beyond.
The following are highlights from the testimony given Tuesday by media baron Rupert Murdoch and his son, James, before a Parliament committee investigating phone hacking by journalists working for the Murdoch media empire:
News Corp founder Rupert Murdoch, his son James and former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks are set to appear in parliament on Tuesday to answer questions about the phone hacking scandal that has convulsed Britain.
The News Corp. phone-hacking scandal took another dramatic twist Monday when the publishing empire got a taste of its own medicine: Hackers seized control of the website of The Sun, the sister publication of the recently shuttered News of the World.
Rupert Murdoch apologized to the British public with full-page advertisements in seven national newspapers Saturday, a day after two senior executives resigned over a phone hacking scandal that has engulfed his media empire.
British lawmakers investigating a phone hacking scandal Tuesday asked media baron Rupert Murdoch, his son James and former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks to testify before them, hours after former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown accused their newspaper group of illegally obtaining private information about him.
The scandal that brought down Britain's biggest Sunday newspaper widened Monday with allegations that journalists from other News International papers improperly obtained personal information about former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
George Michael has responded to the news that Rupert Murdoch's News International has shut down the scandal-plagued British newspaper News of the World by declaring that today is a "fantastic day for Britain."
Journalists hacked into the phone messages of a missing girl, deleting some to make space for more and thus giving her parents hope she was still alive when she was dead, the parents' lawyer told CNN on Tuesday.