Events in the phone-hacking scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch's News of the World.
Created by TorontoStar on Jul 7, 2011
Last updated: 07/21/11 at 08:41 PM
News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch, his son James and former top executive Rebekah Brooks were grilled by British members of Parliament over the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.
CNN celebrity host Piers Morgan took to Twitter on Tuesday to deny he had a hand in hacking phones during his tenure as editor of the now defunct News Corp. tabloid News of the World or its rival, the Daily Mirror.
A protester has rushed Rupert Murdoch as the media baron gave testimony to British lawmakers, causing a scuffle and suspending the hearing. A man was handcuffed with white foam covering his face and shirt.
As the British phone hacking scandal washes up on America’s shores, CNN celebrity host Piers Morgan may be the first trans-Atlantic casualty to be caught in its net.
Bloomberg News is reporting that two anonymous sources within News Corp. “have begun questioning the company’s response to the crisis and whether a leadership change is needed.”
Sean Hoare, the first News of the World journalist to link the tabloid’s former editor Andy Coulson to the phone-hacking scandal now enveloping the U.K., has been found dead.
Rebekah Brooks, former chief executive of News Corp's British newspaper arm News International, was released on bail early on Monday after being questioned over the phone-hacking scandal, the Metropolitan police said in a statement on Monday.
Rebekah Brooks (formerly Wade) resigned Friday as chief executive, becoming the biggest casualty so far in the phone hacking scandal at a now-defunct Sunday tabloid.
Les Hinton, the top executive of Rupert Murdoch’s Dow Jones & Co, resigned after becoming one of the targets of criticism for the phone-hacking scandal.
Here is the letter handed in by Rebekah Brooks, the chief executive of News International, who announced her resignation on Friday following the escalation of the British phone hacking scandal.
The lawyer for Milly Dowler's family says Rupert Murdoch has issued a full and sincere apology to the murdered schoolgirl's family for the actions of journalists at his newspaper.
Jude Law is taking legal action against The Sun newspaper, claiming the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid hacked into voice mails for stories about his private life.
Fallen media baron Conrad Black takes a swipe at News Corporation chair Rupert Murdoch, describing his former rival as untrustworthy, malicious, and someone who has “difficulty keeping friendships.”
Reports surface the FBI has opened an investigation into allegations the company broke U.S. laws in the alleged hacking of phones belonging to 9/11 victims.
The Sun denies it accessed the medical records of Gordon Brown’s infant son, saying its 2006 story reporting that the child suffered from cystic fibrosis “renewed interest” in the chronic lung disease.
The family of slain schoolgirl Milly Dowler is meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss the phone hacking scandal.
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. dropped its bid to take over British Sky Broadcasting ahead of a House of Commons vote in which all three major parties were to issue that very demand.
The tirades condemning unethical practices in “the media” have come hard and fast from British politicians and pundits in the wake of the phone- and data-hacking scandal at the News of the World and other News International publications.
New allegations suggest the dubious information-gathering techniques practiced by company journalists were not confined to the now-shuttered News of the World.
Even at first glance, the clues for the News of the World’s final crossword puzzle are thick with double entendres.
Phone-hacking appears to have been the C. difficile of Rupert Murdoch’s News International, not just the News of the World which Murdoch shut down Sunday to help end the scandal, writes Heather Mallick.
Britain's bestselling Sunday tabloid the News of the World signed off with a simple front page message: "THANK YOU & GOODBYE."
New claims reported by Britain's Daily Telegraph say that the Sunday tabloid hacked into the phones of relatives of British soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It was announced that the News of the World would shut down after Sunday's edition.
PM David Cameron says he is "revolted" by allegations that investigators from the paper eavesdropped on the voicemail of victims of crimes and says he will order an inquiry.
News International says that 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 authorized by former editor Andy Coulson.
A lawyer for Milly Dowler's family, says he learned from police that the schoolgirl's voicemail messages had been hacked while police were searching for her. Police later say that they have also been in touch with the parents affected by the 2002 murders in the town of Soham, where two 10-year-old girls were seized and killed by a school caretaker.
The list of those possibly targeted includes victims of the London suicide bombings of 2005, and the parents of Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in Portugal in 2007.
Murdoch appoints News Corp executive Joel Klein to oversee an investigation into the hacking allegations.
Levi Bellfield is found guilty of murdering schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, and former editor Ian Edmondson are arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept mobile phone messages. They are released on bail. The News of the World admits its role in the phone hacking.
Assistant editor (news) Ian Edmondson is fired after he's linked to the scandal in documents filed in a legal action by Sienna Miller.
British police open a new investigation into allegations of phone hacking at the tabloid. Police had said in July 2009 there was no need for a probe into the hacking claims.
Former News of the World staffer Andy Coulson resigns as Cameron's communications chief.
MPs ask parliament's standards watchdog to begin a new investigation into the hacking allegations at the Sunday tabloid and its former editor Andy Coulson.
Pressure for a new investigation grew after the New York Times suggested News of the World reporters "routinely" sought to hack phones.
The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sports Committee says in a report it is "inconceivable" that managers at the paper did not know about the practice, which the legislators say was more widespread than the paper had admitted.
Les Hinton, former executive chairman of Murdoch's newspaper arm in Britain, tells legislators any problems with phone hacking was limited to one already well-publicized case. He says they carried out a wide review and found no new evidence.
The Guardian newspaper says News of the World reporters, with the knowledge of senior staff, illegally accessed messages from the mobile phones of celebrities and politicians while Coulson was editor.
Rebekah Wade becomes CEO of News International. Wade marries Charlie Brooks and becomes Rebekah Brooks.
News of the World editor Andy Coulson, who resigned after the sentencing of the royal editor, becomes the Conservative Party's director of communications under leader David Cameron.
The News of the World's royal affairs editor Clive Goodman is jailed for four months.
Royal affairs editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire admit to plotting to unlawfully intercept communications.
The Sunday tabloid publishes a story on Prince William's knee injury prompting complaints by royal staff members about voicemail messages being intercepted. The complaints spark a police inquiry.
Wade becomes editor of The Sun, sister paper to the News of the World. She tells a parliamentary committee her paper paid police for information.
Rebekah Wade is appointed editor of News of the World. She begins a campaign to name and shame alleged pedophiles. (AP Photo)
Teenager Milly Dowler disappears in Walton on Thames, Surrey in March. Her remains are found in September.
Here is a timeline of events in the long-running phone-hacking scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch's media empire, and prompting the closure of News of the World. (REUTERS)