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    This story is appalling, it's bad enough that public figure's phones have been hacked, but phones of people like Milly Dowler is beyond the pale. It seems to me that there'll be far more revelations to come, and a number of heads will roll. David Cameron looks seriously uncomfortable, but he'd probably be far more worried if Labour had a stronger leader than Miliband, somebody with the smarts to push the advantage when Cameron's up to his ass in controversy. I can't wait to see what the redundant journos come out with
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    Quote Originally Posted by ana-mish-ana View Post
    Certain tweets were removed and then the page was deleted. Also Brooks is neighbours with Cameron - Murdoch/News International were friendly with both parties. The Lib Dems were ignored because they had no chance of winning an election. So its even odds if its a Labour or Conservative one

    More memos coming to light - News International phone hacking memos passed to police | Media | guardian.co.uk
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karistiona View Post
    This story is appalling, it's bad enough that public figure's phones have been hacked, but phones of people like Milly Dowler is beyond the pale. It seems to me that there'll be far more revelations to come, and a number of heads will roll. David Cameron looks seriously uncomfortable, but he'd probably be far more worried if Labour had a stronger leader than Miliband, somebody with the smarts to push the advantage when Cameron's up to his ass in controversy. I can't wait to see what the redundant journos come out with
    I heard on the late, late late news last night something about Tony Blair & Gordon Brown & the telephone hacking stuff, they've known about it for a long time by the sounds of it.

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    Fucking typical eh? Scummy bastards the lot of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novice View Post
    I see someone has me on ignore.

    I heard on the late, late late news last night something about Tony Blair & Gordon Brown & the telephone hacking stuff, they've known about it for a long time by the sounds of it.
    Sorry Novice - I don't I had the window open and missed your post because when I logged in. I just found out the twitter page was delete and posted without reading :S

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    Quote Originally Posted by ana-mish-ana View Post
    Sorry Novice - I don't I had the window open and missed your post because when I logged in. I just found out the twitter page was delete and posted without reading :S
    haha! Happens all the time to me.
    i just thought it was funny that we posted the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Novice View Post
    I heard on the late, late late news last night something about Tony Blair & Gordon Brown & the telephone hacking stuff, they've known about it for a long time by the sounds of it.
    Daily Fail article on it here.

    News of the World: Tony Blair 'tried' to hush up phone hacking scandal | Mail Online

    Sorry its only a link but I can't seem to get it to C&P. On a cheerier note, looks like Jeremy Clarkson is well in with the Brooks', so that's another reason for me to hate his fucking guts.

    News of the World: Rebekah Brooks, David Cameron, and 'the Chipping Norton set' | Mail Online
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    Jezza is such a twat.
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    Ugh, Jeremy Clarkson would need some sympathetic journalists ...

    Wonder if she likes Gordon Ramsey too?

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    Oh wow - just seeing on twitter that the shit is going to hit the fan now.
    Its being alleged one of his execs was behind into hacking into 9/11 victims now. I don't have a link to the article but Sky has the screenshot for the article.

    MIRROR: The Wapping Cowboy: Murdoch Rides Into Town As Its ... on Twitpic

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    Oh no. Meltdown.

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    We're finally getting to what this story should have always been about - police corruption.

    Personal details about the Queen and her closest aides were sold to the News of the World by corrupt royal protection officers, the Standard reveals today.

    The information included phone numbers and tips about the movements and activities of the Queen, Prince Philip and staff in a serious breach of national security. The payments, and involvement of the royal and diplomatic protection squad, were uncovered by News International in 2007.
    Hacking exclusive: Queen's police sold her details to News of the World | News

    This is a break of the Official Secrets Act and could lead to 10+ years imprisonment, no wonder the police have been trying to cover this shit up for years.

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    News Corp withdraws bid for BSkyB

    Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has announced that it is dropping its planned bid to take full ownership of satellite broadcaster BSkyB.

    The move came as the House of Commons prepared to vote for a motion supported by all major party leaders calling on Mr Murdoch to scrap the bid.

    It follows a scandal over phone hacking at News Corp's UK newspaper group.

    News Corp deputy chairman Chase Carey said the bid had become "too difficult to progress in this climate".

    The scandal has already led to the closure of the UK's biggest-selling newspaper, the News of the World.
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    "We believed that the proposed acquisition of BSkyB by News Corporation would benefit both companies, but it has become clear that it is too difficult to progress in this climate," said News Corp deputy chairman and president Chase Carey in a statement.

    "News Corporation remains a committed long-term shareholder in BSkyB. We are proud of the success it has achieved and our contribution to it."

    BSkyB's share price briefly dropped following the announcement, taking it down 4% for the day, before recovering.

    The company's share price has fallen some 20% since peaking at 850p earlier this month, and is now trading at a level not seen since News Corp first announced its bid plans in June last year.

    Following News Corp's announcement, BSkyB chief executive Jeremy Darroch said: "We remain very confident in the broadly based growth opportunity for BSkyB."

    'Huge humiliation'

    A spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the news: "As the prime minister has said, the business should focus on clearing up the mess and getting its own house in order."

    The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, called it "a victory for people up and down this country who have been appalled by the revelations of the phone hacking scandal and the failure of News International to take responsibility".

    Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes said that "the sun is now setting on the Murdoch empire".

    The BBC's business editor Robert Peston said: "It's a huge humiliation. This was [News Corp's] biggest investment plan of the moment. It was one of the biggest investments they've ever wanted to make.

    "It is an extraordinary reversal of corporate fortune... And questions will now be asked whether this is the full extent of the damage to the empire."

    News Corp already owns 39% of BSkyB, but may be compelled to give up even this minority stake if it is deemed not to be a "fit and proper" by regulator Ofcom following the conclusion of current police investigations.

    Robert Peston added there had been "a lot of speculation" that Mr Murdoch might now want to sell his UK newspapers, but the current state of the industry made them less attractive to potential buyers.

    "The question is, who is going to pay him the price that they are worth? He will not want to sell those papers at a loss."

    Public inquiry

    Mr Cameron has asked Lord Justice Leveson to oversee a public inquiry into the News of the World scandal and media regulation.

    In a statement to the Commons, he said the inquiry would begin as "quickly as possible" and would be in two parts - an investigation of wrongdoing in the press and the police, and a review of regulation in the press.

    The judge will have powers to call media proprietors, editors and politicians to give evidence under oath, the PM said.

    Mr Cameron said those who sanctioned wrongdoing should have no further role in running a media company in the UK.

    He said Lord Justice Leveson, assisted by a panel of senior independent figures, would make recommendations for a better way of regulating the press which "supports their freedom, plurality and independence from government but which also demands the highest ethical and professional standards".

    He will also make recommendations about the future conduct of relations between politicians and the press.

    Mr Cameron told MPs he would require all ministers and civil servants to record meetings with senior editors and media executives to help make the UK government "one of the most open in the world".

    Mr Miliband welcomed the proposal, arguing it must be imposed retrospectively, so that he and Mr Cameron publish all details of meetings with media executives dating back to the last general election.

    The prime minister was previously criticised for meeting Rupert Murdoch, head of News Corporation, in Downing Street soon after the election, because Mr Murdoch did not walk through the front door.

    Newspapers which did not support the government ran stories of "secret meetings".

    Earlier at prime minister's questions, Mr Cameron said a "firestorm" was engulfing parts of the media and police, and those who had committed offences must be prosecuted.

    Mr Miliband said it was an insult to the family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, whose phone was allegedly hacked, that Rebekah Brooks was still News International's chief executive.

    Mr Cameron responded: "She was right to resign, that resignation should have been accepted. There needs to be root and branch change at this entire organisation.

    "What has happened at this company is disgraceful - it's got to be addressed at every level."

    In other developments:

    News International's legal manager Tom Crone, who primarily worked at the News of the World and on the Sun, has left the company
    The Sun has defended its story revealing Mr Brown's youngest son Fraser had cystic fibrosis. It has released a video of the man it says was the source - the man's face is not revealed and his voice is disguised to protect his identity
    The prime minister met the parents of Milly Dowler
    The Australian arm of Mr Murdoch's media empire is to investigate all payments made to contributors since 2008
    In the US, Senate Commerce Committee chairman Jay Rockefeller called for an investigation into whether phone hacking targeted any American citizens and whether journalists working for News Corp had broken US law
    Shares in News Corp have fallen 14% since 4 July, wiping about $5bn off the company's value

    Meanwhile, Labour's communications chief Tom Baldwin is facing renewed questions over claims he handled private information which was gained illegally during his years at the Times newspaper, another News International publication.

    The former Conservative deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft makes the allegations in a blog posting on ConservativeHome, which he owns. Mr Baldwin has not responded to the claims.

    Source: BBC News - News Corp withdraws bid for BSkyB

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    I heard last night that more major allegations will be coming out in the next few days. Hugh Grant was on the Today Show this morning discussing this and he was brillant! This link goes to an interesting article about Hollywood Quietly Gloating and the interview with Hugh:

    Hollywood quietly gloats over News Corp. mess - Entertainment - Celebrities - TODAY.com
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    Well done, Hugh!!
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    This hacking scandal couldn't have happened to a more deserving asshole than Murdoch. For the most part, mainstream media worldwide (especially in the U.S.) is utter garbage now because of the "Murdoch effect" and people trying to imitate FOX News. The damage this douchebag has caused just in terms of the way politics is covered has damaged several countries.

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