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Why James Harding had to quit as Times editor

13 December 2012 14:31

Given that James Harding is generally regarded as the best editor of The Times to have worked under Rupert Murdoch, what happened yesterday? Mr Steerpike has been making some inquiries.… Continue reading

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Hunted Jeremy faces the media crowd

26 June 2012 14:45

One time Tory leader contender (now cabinet dead man walking) Jeremy Hunt faced the suits last night at his first outing in media circles since being dragged through the gutter… Continue reading

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On the eve of Hunt’s Leveson appearance

30 May 2012 18:51

It has become the conventional wisdom in Westminster that Jeremy Hunt’s career will turn on his appearance before the Leveson Inquiry tomorrow. Friends of Hunt have today been arguing that… Continue reading

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Leveson continues, but it is a sideshow to the Euro drama

24 May 2012 14:16

Fred Michel’s testimony this morning at the Leveson Inquiry was embarrassing but not devastating. The texts between him and Jeremy Hunt are cringe-worthy but my read is that the Culture… Continue reading

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Brooks charges mean more trouble for Cameron

15 May 2012 11:02

The news that Rebekah Brooks and Charlie Brooks have been charged with perverting the course of justice means that there’ll be at least one trial involving friends of the Prime… Continue reading

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Embarrassment for Cameron, trouble for Hunt

11 May 2012 16:54

Rebekah Brooks’s testimony at Leveson was embarrassing for the Prime Minister — but no worse than that. I suspect that tomorrow’s papers will have much fun with the fact that… Continue reading

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Coulson easily handles his Leveson test

10 May 2012 17:16

Andy Coulson’s evidence to the Leveson Inquiry was a reminder of why he rose so quickly. He never said more than he had to and never let his ego interfere… Continue reading

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Today’s theatrics will soon be overshadowed by Leveson

8 May 2012 21:22

Today’s Cameron-Clegg event was meant to be very different from the one in the Downing Street garden two years ago: grittier, more real. Watching it, one was struck by the… Continue reading

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Leveson narrows Cameron’s fightback window

3 May 2012 16:39

During the government’s recent troubles, Cameroons have talked about the ‘window’ for action that David Cameron will have if Boris does win the mayoralty. But that window got a lot… Continue reading

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MPs squabble over their own phone hacking report

1 May 2012 12:48

The education select committee reported earlier, but it is the report of another select committee that will get all the attention today. The culture, media and sport select committee has… Continue reading

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Boris drops the f-bomb (again)

30 April 2012 16:05

More ‘colourful language’ from Boris Johnson today. Interviewed by the BBC about his reported attempts to secure sponsorship from News International while they were being investigated for phone hacking, he… Continue reading

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Hunt still hasn’t answered the main question

25 April 2012 13:23

In his statement to the House of Commons, I heard no answer from Jeremy Hunt to the most serious question about his handling of the whole News Corp bid: how… Continue reading

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Hunt’s special adviser resigns

25 April 2012 11:45

There’s been a resignation this morning, but it is not Jeremy Hunt’s. Instead, it’s his special adviser Adam Smith. Smith’s departure before Hunt’s Commons statement at 12:30 is designed to… Continue reading

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Hunt: I’m not quitting

24 April 2012 20:06

Here’s the full statement: ‘Now is not a time for kneejerk reactions. We’ve heard one side of the story today but some of the evidence reported meetings and conversations that… Continue reading

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Hunt’s in real trouble

24 April 2012 16:23

If anyone doubted just how dramatic the Murdochs’ evidence to Leveson was going to be, then the five hours of testimony today have settled that argument. In the process, they… Continue reading

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The Hunt becomes the hunted

24 April 2012 15:09

The Eurocrisis may be nagging at our political class, but it’s got nothing on the Leveson inquiry. Today has been James Murdoch’s turn in the hotseat, and it has produced… Continue reading

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Motorman returns

10 April 2012 13:46

  Guido Fawkes has caused a stir this morning by releasing a section of the Operation Motorman files, naming those News International journalists thought to have paid for private information.… Continue reading

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Cameron lands in America

13 March 2012 19:35

David Cameron’s plane has just landed in Washington. The next few days should provide him with a set of images that will portray him as a significant figure on the… Continue reading

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What James Murdoch’s move tells us

29 February 2012 16:16

When Rupert Murdoch visited the Sun newsroom recently, eyebrows were raised by the fact that he was accompanied not by James Murdoch but Lachlan Murdoch. James Murdoch, who has never… Continue reading

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Murdoch resigns from newspaper boards

23 November 2011 14:26

The Evening Standard has the scoop: ‘Companies House filings show James Murdoch has stepped down from the boards of both News Group Newspapers Limited, publisher of The Sun, and Times… Continue reading

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Murdoch denies all knowledge

10 November 2011 16:45

James Murdoch’s great advantage today was that he didn’t mind if people came away thinking he was a bit of an idiot. As various members of the Culture, Media and… Continue reading

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Tom Watson calls James Murdoch a "mafia boss"

10 November 2011 13:48

During Murdoch’s appearance before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which has just concluded:

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Kelvin MacKenzie: I was hacked too

28 September 2011 14:31

Kelvin MacKenzie reveals in tomorrow’s Spectator that he was interviewed as a potential victim of the News of the World phone hacking scandal. Here’s his story: It was the kind… Continue reading

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The danger to a free press

27 September 2011 13:09

“In Britain, a free press is non-negotiable,” Ivan Lewis has just said – before suggesting ways that Government might, ahem, oversee this freedom. The shadow culture secretary has an idea:… Continue reading

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Telegraph reports that Wallis was paid for stories by the News of the World while working for Scotland Yard

23 September 2011 19:59

The Daily Telegraph is tonight alleging that Neil Wallis was paid by the News of the World to provide crime exclusives while working as a consultant for the Metropolitan police.… Continue reading

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