Cameron: there may be more Brooks texts

PM believes critics are wrong to say he has a secret cache, but acknowledges a wider search may yield more texts and emailsDavid Cameron has acknowledged in private that he may be sitting on a further cache of emails and texts to and from Rebekah Brooks after a limited search was carried out for the […]
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Avoid The Thick of It-style spad appointments, ministers told

Cross-party committee warns of power of satire’s portrayal of scheming and amoral ministerial special advisersMinisters have been urged to be more careful about who they appoint as special advisers to ensure smoother working relations with civil servants and avoid resignation situations worthy of The Thick of It.The hit BBC sitcom satirising the inner workings of […]
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Sky ruled fit for broadcast licence, but James Murdoch comes in for criticism

Ofcom rules that BSkyB can retain its broadcasting licences, but criticises former chairman James Murdoch’s handling of the phone-hacking scandalBSkyB remains a fit and proper owner of broadcast licences, media regulator Ofcom has concluded.But the regulator is highly critical of the company’s former chairman, James Murdoch, over his handling of the phone-hacking scandal.The judgment comes […]
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Sky is a fit and proper broadcaster, rules Ofcom

Media regulator criticises James Murdoch’s handling of the phone-hacking scandal, but rules that BSkyB can retain its broadcasting licencesThe media regulator Ofcom has found that BSkyB remains a “fit and proper” owner of a broadcast licence despite the phone-hacking affair which embroiled its parent company and during which, it said, James Murdoch’s conduct repeatedly fell […]
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Rupert Murdoch’s memo to News Corp staff – full text

Mogul’s message outlining review of compliance with bribery laws in several of its publishing arms, including News InternationalDear colleagues,As you are all aware, our company has been under intense scrutiny in the United Kingdom. I assured parliament and the Leveson inquiry that we would move quickly and aggressively to redress wrongdoing, co-operate with law enforcement […]
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Murdoch resignations don’t herald a Wapping sell-off… not yet anyway

Rupert Murdoch’s resignation from his News International (NI) directorships was bound to fuel speculation about his intentions.As the Reuters report puts it: the news is “likely to reignite speculation” that Murdoch’s main US company, News Corporation, is preparing to sell off The Times, Sunday Times and The Sun in the wake of the phone hacking […]
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Ofcom backs regular plurality reviews for powerful media firms

Proposals compiled in report for culture secretary Jeremy Hunt were prompted by News Corp’s failed BSkyB takeover bidPotential concentrations of media power should be subject to regular, formal reviews, communications regulator Ofcom concluded on Tuesday in a document compiled for culture secretary Jeremy Hunt.The reviews would be designed to ensure that no one media organisation […]
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Leveson inquiry: Cameron struggles over ‘Yes he Cam!’ text from Brooks

Rebekah Brooks messaged PM ‘I am so rooting for you’ and ‘we’re definitely in this together!’, Leveson inquiry hearsDavid Cameron came under intense pressure at the Leveson inquiry as he struggled to handle questions about his close friendship with Rebekah Brooks and how often he sought assurances from Andy Coulson about his knowledge of phone […]
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David Cameron defends handing BSkyB decision to Jeremy Hunt

Prime minister tells the Leveson inquiry he did not recall private memo from Hunt outlining support for News Corp’s bidDavid Cameron has defended handing the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, the task of overseeing News Corporation’s controversial bid for BSkyB, saying it was “not some rushed, botched political decision”.The prime minister told the Leveson inquiry on […]
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MPs reject call for inquiry into Jeremy Hunt

Motion calling for Hunt to be investigated over claims he broke the ministerial code is defeatedConservatives have voted en masse to support the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, against repeated claims that he lied to parliament over his handling of News Corporation’s bid for BSkyB.The Labour motion calling for Hunt to be referred for an independent […]
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