Nov 29 These are the major events in the
phone-hacking scandal over the last 18 months as the inquiry by
Lord Justice Brian Leveson on British media ethics is published
July 4, 2011 - A lawyer for the family of murdered
schoolgirl Milly Dowler says police have told him her voicemail
messages were hacked in 2002, possibly by a News of the World
investigator. The disclosure comes days after the government
backs plans by News Corp to buy out British pay-TV group BSkyB.
Three days later News Corp announces it will close the
News of the World. The July 10 edition is the last.
July 8 - Andy Coulson, a former News of the World editor,
who also served as Prime Minister David Cameron's chief media
adviser, is arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept
July 13 - News Corp withdraws its bid for BSkyB. Tom
Crone, legal manager at News International, resigns. Two days
later Rebekah Brooks, a former News of the World editor, resigns
as chief executive of News International.
July 19 - Rupert Murdoch, questioned by parliament's
Culture, Media and Sports committee, says he was "shocked,
appalled and ashamed" when he heard about the Dowler case. His
son James Murdoch and Brooks are also questioned.
Nov. 14 - A public inquiry, chaired by Lord Leveson, begins
its investigations into media ethics.
March 13, 2012 - James Murdoch, in a letter, apologises to
those affected by the hacking scandal but says he was let down
by senior staff on whom he had relied. He severs all ties with
News Corp's British newspaper business on March 24 and resigns
as chairman of BSkyB on April 3.
May 10 - Coulson appears at the Leveson inquiry and says
Cameron's Conservative Party had asked few questions about his
past and not carried out full security checks. Brooks appears on
May 11 and provides colourful details of her friendships with
the cream of British politics.
May 15 - Brooks is charged with interfering with a police
investigation into a phone hacking scandal.
Nov. 20 - Coulson and Brooks are charged with conspiring to
make illegal payments to officials for information for stories.