A new blog with frequent updates, with the latest at the top, much like my long-running WikiLeaks News & Views blog. My Nation associate Kevin Donohoe is helping out mightily with links, as is Barbara Bedway. Speaking of scandal, see my new book Atomic Cover-Up just out , in print and as e-book.
3:55 NYT: Letter from 2007 getting added scrutiny, re: liability of top editors, including Coulson—and charges of police bribery.
3:45 Updates on PM Cameron in growng trouble over Andy Coulson, MP mensch apologizes to Piers Morgan, mother of dead girl getting mad, and much more.
1:30 Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator at the center of the phone hacking scandal, said that he only ever acted on instructions from his employers. Big deal especially after yesterday’s revelations that Mulcaire may have hacked the phone of Sara Payne, the mother of a murdered 8-year-old and Rebekah Brooks ally.
10:40 The Atlantic Wire picks this week’s RupertGate winners and losers.
10:35 Murdoch biographer Michael Wolff tells Reuters that “the Murdochs have to and will step out of not only day-to-day running, but they won’t have jobs within the country” within sixty days.
10:30 News Corp is seeking to placate investors with a $1 billion buyback and dividend.
10:25 The Daily Telegraph reports that Baroness Buscombe has announced that she will step down as chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, “following growing criticism of the watchdog in the wake of the phone hacking scandal.”
9:10 Some good updates at the Guardian blog: James Murdoch may be called back by MPs to testify. More on the hacking of the dead girl’s mom’s phone. Piers Morgan redux. And stuff I didn’t know about Louise Mensch, MP who gave Murdoch a hard time, including her past at EMI and her writing of “chick-lit” novels under a pen name.
8:30 Comic who tried to throw foam pie at Murdoch found guilty of assault and harassment in court. Emerges citing Rupert’s line, “This is the most humble day of my life.” Humble pie?
From late Thursday
James Murdoch gets unanimous backing from Sky board to remain as boss.
NYT catches up to big story out of UK today (see below) on mother of dead girl being given hacked phone by Rebekah Brooks. “The tabloid at the center of the scandal, The News of the World, had championed the campaign of the grieving mother, Sara Payne, for a law warning parents if child sex offenders lived nearby, and she had written warmly of the paper in its final edition, calling it ‘an old friend.’ A statement released on behalf of Mrs. Payne by the Phoenix Foundation, a charity she worked with, described her as devastated and disappointed.”
Apparently a false new report circulating that CNN has suspended Piers Morgan for role in hacking years ago.
Guardian: Good old Rebekah Brooks gave a cell phone to mother of dead child (potentially allowing for easier access to messages?)
Judge suggests case is expanding—so could drag on for a year or more.
Piers Morgan continues to deny hacking claims.
Former NOTW staffers looking for work even in… Siberia.