If Rupert Murdoch was hoping for a quick end to the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, he won't be pleased by yesterday’s decision not to put Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson on trial until September 9 next year.
Good news and bad news for the Murdochs this morning. The good news is that Britain’s powerful TV regulator Ofcom says BSkyB can keep its valuable pay-TV licence. The bad news is the watchdog has given Rupert’s youngest son, James, a mauling for his failure to act on the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.
You wouldn’t expect Rebekah Brooks’s husband to tell the press his wife is guilty of phone hacking and perverting the course of justice, but you might expect him to keep his mouth shut while she’s facing two, and possibly three, sets of criminal charges.
As the Leveson inquiry comes to a close the biggest question remains unanswered: who was behind the massive cover-up that took place at News International? Was it the Murdochs, as many suspect, or was it designed to ensure they never discovered what had gone on, as Rupert and James maintain?
At 8pm tonight, Australian time, 11 former News of the World journalists, including the paper’s ex-editors, Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, are set to find out whether or not they will face criminal charges for phone hacking. It's possible there won't be any, but we think that's unlikely.
The Leveson inquiry’s public hearings will wrap up tomorrow with a long-awaited appearance by prime minister David Cameron. Here’s the juiciest revelations to date.
James Murdoch maintains that he did not pick up the 'smoking gun' documents that showed phone hacking was rife at News of the World.
More bad news for James Murdoch from the UK media inquiry being conducted by Lord Justice Leveson. The inquiry's counsel, Robert Jay QC, has told London's high court that the Metropolitan Police believe illegal phone hacking at the News of the World continued at least until 2009.
Yet more startling revelations in the News of the World scandal overnight, with a BBC report revealing industrial-scale surveillance by Rupert Murdoch's tabloid newspaper over an 8-year period.