News of the World Hacking Scandal · Rupert Murdock

News Corp. scandal: A timeline of arrests and resignations

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April 5
Neville Thurlbeck, 50, a chief reporter at the paper is arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and unlawful interception of voicemail messages

Police also arrest Ian Edmondson, 42 who was fired from his post as assistant editor in January following an internal inquiry.

April 14
James Wetherup
, 55, a senior reporter at the the News of the World, is arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to unlawfully intercept communications and unlawful interception of mobile phones. Mr. Weatherup also served as news editor at the British tabloid between 2004 and 2006 while Andy Coulson was editor.

June 8
Lawrence Jacobs, worldwide corporate general counsel for News Corp., resigns to pursue “new challenges,” according to a press release.

June 20
News international turns over documents that contain “information relating to alleged inappropriate payments to a small number of MPS officers,” Paul Stephenson, former head of the Metropolitan wrote in a statement. British police launch Operation Elveden in response to the new allegations.

June 24
Police arrest an unidentified 39-year-old woman on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications. The BBC and national British newspapers say they believe the woman is Terenia Taras, a freelance journalist who contributed to the News of the World until 2006, and used to date a former assistant editor at the paper.

June 27
Laura Elston, 34, a reporter for the British Press Association news agency is the first person arrested who has not worked for News of the World. Police arrest her on suspicion of unlawfully intercepting voicemail messages.

July 7
News Corp. announces plans to close Britain’s best selling Sunday newspaper.

July 8
Andy Coulson, 43, is arrested on suspicion of corruption and attempting to intercept communications, and released on bail. After serving as editor for four years, he resigned in 2007 when the paper’s royal reporter and a private investigator were jailed for hacking cellphone voicemails. He went on to become Prime Minister David Cameron’s media chief, but quit that position in January.

Clive Goodman, 53, the former royal editor at the News of the World, is arrestedfollowing allegations that he bribed police for stories. He served four months in jail back in 2007 for writing stories that made use of information gleaned from phone hacking by private detective Glen Mulcaire.

In Surrey, police arrest an unidentified 63-year-old man on suspicion of corruption. Media reports describe him as a private detective.

July 10
The News of the World – founded in 1843 – publishes its last ever issue.
“After 168 years, we finally say a sad but very proud farewell to our 7.5 [million] loyal readers,” the paper said.

July 13
News Corp. drops their bid for full control of British Sky Broadcasting.

Tom Crone, a legal advisor with News International – the publishing division of News Corp. – for the past 20 years, resigns over his involvement with the phone hacking scandal. Mr. Crone told parliament in 2009 that he advised News International to pay £700,000 (CDN $1.1 million) to Gordon Taylor, a soccer executive, and victim of phone hacking.

July 14
The FBI announces they have launched an inquiry into the alleged hacking of the cellphones of victims of 9/11 by News Corp. reporters.

Neil Wallis, 60, who served as deputy editor under Andy Coulson between 2003 and 2007, and as executive editor since then, is arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications.

July 15
Les Hinton, 67, announces his immediate resignation as publisher of The Wall Street Journal, and chief executive of Dow Jones & Co. after 52 years working for Mr. Murdoch’s News Corp. He was chairman of News International from 1995 to 2007, during which time, News of the World employees allegedly hacked phones.
“That I was ignorant of what apparently happened is irrelevant and in the circumstances I feel it is proper for me to resign from News Corp, and apologize to those hurt by the actions of the News of the World,” he said in his resignation letter.

July 17
Paul Stephenson – head of the Metropolitan Police since 2009 – resigns over his ties to Neil Wallis, a former deputy editor at News of the World. A media company owned by Mr. Wallis provided “strategic communication advice and support to the MPS (Metropolitan Police Service),” from 2009 to 2010, while the deputy director of public affairs was on sick leave, the Guardian reported. Earlier this year, Mr. Stephenson allegedly accepted a five-week stay at a luxury health spa where Mr. Wallis worked as a public relations consultant.
“I may wish we had done some things differently, but I will not lose sleep over my personal integrity,” he said in a statement.

British police arrest Rebekah Brooks, 43, two days after she resigned as chief executive of News International, a position she has held since 2009. Ms. Brooks went from secretary to CEO in 22 years at News Corp. She became editor of News of the World in 2000, and The Sun‘s first female editor in 2003. She is also a friend and neighbour to British Prime Minister David

July 18
John Yates – assistant commissioner at London’s Metropolitan Police Authority, and Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism chief – resigns amid the phone hacking scandal. In 2009, Mr. Yates decided not to re-open investigations into alleged phone hacking by journalists at the News of the World, but a probe launched in January this year, revealed that the police had 11,000 pages of evidence that detectives did not thoroughly examine.

July 19
Rupert Murdoch, his son James, and Rebekah Brooks will testify before the Culture, Media and Sport committee. The three of them will be questioned about allegations of phone hacking and police bribery, as well as reports that News International misled parliament during earlier hearings. At her last committee appearance in 2003 Ms. Brooks admitted: “We have paid the police for information in the past,” though she later said she was referring to the industry in general.