TIMELINE-Phone hacking scandal hits News Corp

Tue Aug 2, 2011 11:21am EDT

 (Updates)	
 Aug 2 (Reuters) - Here is a timeline of events in the
phone-hacking scandal since it emerged on July 4 that the phone
of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler was hacked.	
 The ensuing outrage prompted News Corp  to close
the 168-year-old Sunday tabloid News of the World and drop a $12
billion plan to take full control of pay TV operator BSkyB
 .	
 July 4 - A lawyer for Dowler's family says he learned from
police her voicemail messages had been hacked, possibly by a
News of the World investigator. The hacker had deleted messages
on the phone, raising false hopes Dowler could still be alive.
Police later say they also contacted the parents of two
10-year-old girls killed in the town of Soham in 2002.	
 July 5 - News International says new information has been
given to police. The BBC says it related to emails appearing to
show payments were made to police for information and were
authorised by Andy Coulson, former editor of News of the World.	
 -- The list of those possibly targeted includes victims of
the London suicide bombings of July 7, 2005, and the parents of
Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in Portugal in 2007.	
 July 6 - Rupert Murdoch appoints News Corp executive Joel
Klein to oversee an investigation into the hacking allegations.	
 -- Daily Telegraph says the News of the World hacked the
phones of families of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.	
 July 7 - News Corp announces it will close down the News of
the World. The July 10 edition is the last.	
 July 8 - Cameron announces two inquiries, one led by a judge
on the hacking scandal, another looking at new regulations for
the British press. Cameron says he takes full responsibility for
employing Coulson as his spokesman, defending his decision to
give him a "second chance".	
 -- Coulson is arrested on suspicion of conspiring to
intercept communications and suspicion of corruption. He is
bailed until October. The News of the World's former royal
editor, Clive Goodman, is re-arrested in connection with a
police operation looking at alleged payments to police by
journalists at the paper. 	
 July 10 - Rupert Murdoch arrives in London.	
 July 11 - Murdoch withdraws News Corp's offer to spin off
BSkyB's Sky News channel, previously made to help win approval
of its bid for the 61 percent of BSkyB it does not own. This
opens the way for the government to refer the BSkyB bid to the
competition commission which will carry out an investigation.	
 July 12 - John Yates, assistant commissioner at London's
Metropolitan Police, criticised for deciding in 2009 not to
reopen the earlier inquiry, tells the Home Affairs Committee he
probably did only the minimum work required before deciding.	
 July 13 - News Corp withdraws its bid for BSkyB. This
pre-empts a planned vote in parliament, that had all-party
support, on a motion for the bid to be dropped.	
 -- Tom Crone, legal manager at News International, leaves
the company, a source familiar with the situation says. 	
 -- Cameron gives details of a formal public inquiry into the
affair, to be chaired by senior judge Brian Leveson.	
 -- News Corp's Australian arm launches an investigation to
see if any wrongdoing took place at its editorial operations.	
 July 14 - Rupert Murdoch eventually accepts a request by
parliament to answer questions on July 19 over the alleged
crimes. His son James Murdoch says he will appear. Brooks agrees
to appear, says police inquiry may restrict what she can say.	
 -- The FBI says it will investigate allegations News Corp
hacked into phone records of victims of Sept. 11 attacks.	
 -- Rupert Murdoch tells the Wall Street Journal, part of his
empire, that News Corp handled the crisis "extremely well in
every way possible", making only "minor mistakes". Says his son
James acted "as fast as he could, the moment he could".	
 July 15 - Brooks, former News of the World editor, resigns
as chief executive of News International. Tom Mockridge, CEO of
the company's Italian pay TV arm Sky Italia, will replace her.	
 -- Les Hinton, who told parliament in 2009 that any problem
with hacking was limited to one case, resigns as chief executive
of Murdoch's Dow Jones & Co., publisher of the WSJ.	
 July 16/17 - A direct apology from Rupert Murdoch is carried
in all UK national newspapers under the headline "We are sorry".	
 July 17 - Detectives arrest Brooks on suspicion of
intercepting communications and corruption. She is released on
bail at midnight after about 12 hours in police custody.	
 -- Paul Stephenson, London's police commissioner, resigns
after coming under fire over the appointment of Neil Wallis as
public relations adviser to the force. Wallis, a former News of
the World deputy editor, was arrested on July 14. 	
 July 18 - Cameron, on a shortened visit to Africa, defends
his handling of the scandal.	
 -- Yates resigns over his role in phone hacking probe.	
 -- Former News of the World journalist Sean Hoare is found
dead at his home near London. Hoare told the New York Times
phone hacking at the tabloid was far more extensive than the
paper had acknowledged at the time.    	
 July 19 - Stephenson and Yates appear before parliament's
home affairs committee.	
 -- Rupert Murdoch, facing questions from parliament's
Culture, Media and Sports committee, says he was "shocked,
appalled and ashamed" when he heard about the Milly Dowler case.
Asked if he considered himself personally responsible "for this
fiasco", Murdoch replies simply: "No." James Murdoch also
appears before the committee in three hours of testimony.	
 -- Brooks joins her former bosses Rupert and James in
apologising.	
 July 20 - The home affairs committee releases report
criticising News International's attempts to "deliberately
thwart" the original hacking investigation.	
 -- Cameron, defending his integrity in an emergency debate
in parliament, says he regrets the uproar caused by his hiring
of Coulson. Should Coulson turn out to have lied, Cameron says
he will apologise.	
 July 21 - Tom Crone and Colin Myler, ex-editor of the News
of the World, say that James Murdoch's statement at the
committee hearing that he had been unaware in 2008 of an e-mail
that suggested wrongdoing was more widespread, is mistaken. The
two say they told him about the email. Murdoch stands by his
testimony.	
 July 22 - Prime Minister Cameron says Murdoch has "clearly
got questions to answer in parliament."	
 July 28 - Sara Payne, whose eight-year-old daughter Sarah
was abducted and murdered in 2000, has been told by British
police they have found evidence to suggest she was targeted by
the News of the World's investigator Glenn Mulcaire. The latest
evidence is believed to relate to a phone given to Sara Payne by
Brooks as a gift to help her stay in touch with her supporters.	
 -- The BSkyB board unanimously backs James Murdoch to stay
on as chairman, a source with knowledge of the situation told
Reuters. The board met before issuing full-year results.	
 July 29 - Mulcaire issues a statement through his lawyer
saying he was not acting on his own initiative when he
intercepted phone messages while in the pay of the newspaper.	
 Aug 1 - Technology firm HCL tells legislators it was aware
of the deletion of thousands of emails at the request of News
International between April 2010 and last month, parliamentarian
Keith Vaz says.	
 Aug 2 - Police make their 11th arrest in the hacking
investigation -- a 71-year-old man on suspicion of corruption
and conspiring to intercept communications. Sky News names the
man as Stuart Kuttner, an ex-managing editor of the News of the
World.	
 	
 	
	
(Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit) 
 	
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