Timeline of News of the World scandal
News of the World’s owner, News International, said Thursday that it will shut down the newspaper after Sunday's issue.
July 16th, 2011
07:44 AM ET

Timeline of News of the World scandal

Accusations that journalists at Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspapers hacked into the phones of politicians, celebrities and innocent people caught up in the news – including child murder victims – has severely bruised his media empire.

It has forced the closure of Britian’s biggest-selling paper, a withdrawal for his bid for the broadcaster BSkyB and the resignation of his trusted UK chief executive Rebekah Brooks.

The following is a timeline of the scandal:

November 2005 – News of the World prints a story about Prince William injuring his knee, prompting royal officials to complain to police about probable voice mail hacking.

January 2007 – News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire are convicted of conspiracy to hack into phone voice mails of royals and are jailed. Andy Coulson, the paper's editor, claims to be unaware of hacking but still resigns.

July 2007 – Goodman and Mulcaire sue the tabloid for wrongful dismissal. Goodman receives £80,000 and Mulcaire receives an undisclosed amount.

June 2008 – News Group Newspapers pays a £700,000 settlement to soccer executive Gordon Taylor, whose phone was hacked by Mulcaire.

November 2009 – Britain's Press Complaints Commission releases a report concluding that there is no evidence of continued phone hacking.

March 2010 – A celebrity public relations agent agrees to drop his lawsuit against News of the World for a payment of more than £1 million.

May 2010 – Coulson becomes the spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron.

September 2010 – Former News of the World journalist Sean Hoare alleges that phone hacking was a common practice at the paper and encouraged by Coulson.

January 21, 2011 – Coulson resigns as Cameron's spokesman because of coverage of the phone hacking scandal.

January 26, 2011 – British Metropolitan Police launch a new investigation into voice mail hacking allegations at News of the World.

April 5, 2011 – News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and former editor Ian Edmondson are arrested on suspicion of intercepting voice mail messages.

April 10, 2011 – News of the World officially apologizes for hacking into voice mails from 2004 to 2006 and sets up a compensation system for unnamed victims.

April 14, 2011 – Senior News of the World journalist James Weatherup is arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept communications.

June 7, 2011 – Actress Sienna Miller settles with News of the World for £100,000 in damages and legal fees.

June 23, 2011 – Freelance journalist Terenia Taras is arrested on suspicion of phone hacking.

July 5, 2011 – It is revealed that News of the World journalists possibly hacked into then-missing teenager Milly Dowler's voice mail and deleted messages to free space, causing her parents to believe she was still alive.

July 6, 2011Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corp., the parent company of News of the World owner News International, promises full cooperation with the investigation and calls the accusations against News of the World "deplorable and unacceptable."

July 7, 2011 – News International announces that the July 10 edition of News of the World will be the paper's last.

July 8, 2011 – Coulson, former communications chief to UK Prime Minister Cameron and former editor of News of the World, is arrested. Goodman, the paper’s former royal editor who served a four-month jail term in 2007 is also arrested on corruption allegations.

July 10, 2011 – The News of the World publishes it final edition with the headline “Thank you and goodbye.”

Rupert Murdoch flies into London to take personal charge of the crisis.

July 11, 2011 – Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown accuses other News International papers of illegally obtaining private information about him.

July 12, 2011 – British lawmakers ask Rupert and James Murdoch and Brooks to testify before them.

July 13, 2011 – News Corp. withdraws its bid to take over British satellite broadcaster BSkyB.

UK Prime Minister Cameron announces a wide-ranging public inquiry into the British press.

July 14, 2011 – The FBI launches an investigation into allegations that News Corp. employees or associates hacked into the phones of 9/11 victims, a federal source says.

Rupert and James Murdoch agree to give evidence to a committee of British lawmakers.

A 60-year-old man, widely reported to be Neil Wallis, a former executive editor of the News of the World, is arrested.

July 15, 2011 – Brooks resigns as chief executive of News International.

Les Hinton resigns as head of Dow Jones and publisher of The Wall Street Journal; he was Brooks' predecessor at News International.

Rupert Murdoch visits the family of murdered teenager Milly Dowler, whose voice mail had been hacked.

July 16, 2011 - Rupert Murdoch apologizes to the British public with full-page advertisements in seven national newspapers.

July 17, 2011 - Rebekah Brooks is arrested, questioned for about 12 hours, and released on bail until October, police and her spokesman say.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Paul Stephenson – who leadsLondon’s police and is theUK’s highest ranking policeman – resigns. It comes after revelations that former News of the World executive editor Neil Wallis later become a communications consultant for the police.

Stephenson says he decided to resign because increased scrutiny connected to the case would burden his department and detract from its accomplishments.

July 18, 2011 - News International places further advertisments in UK newspapers, explaining how it is "putting right what's gone wrong"

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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. thomas mc

    Putting the words "Rupert Murdoch" and "journalism" in the same article is rather suspect, don't you think?

    July 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rodney Shipley

      Here! Here!! he has garbage publications.

      July 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Free-Bird

    Sounds like these journalists love to break the law in the name of journalism .

    July 7, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HRH banasy

    Won't let me post.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Amelia

    It's a horrific case of "curiousity killed the cat"... but there is no satisfaction.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    Gee.. Imagine that... One of Murdoch's media outlets breaking the law to fabricate false sensationalist "news" stories???

    July 8, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lesley

    And about time too..Murdoch wrecked this newspaper and turned it into a salacious scandal rag that wrecked people's lives..can't wait to see the end of it. Pity Murdoch's "The Sun" doesn't go the same way.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. Scottish Mama

    It sounds as if in July 2007, 2 men were given hush money.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    News stories such as this one lead people to believe that their own government would need to "hack" into yourPC or cellphone to keep tabs on people, when that's simply not the case. The connection between Uncle Sam and your communication device is "hardwired"... built right-in to your operating system. (with few exceptions and with the total cooperation of phone companies and systems designers) get a clue

    July 8, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Free-Bird

      Yea Philip I get the clue the government see's all we do . I'm sure they can look right through are tv's and watch me and you , via satellite there's more than likely a camera behind your tv screen and mine to ! What about RFID chips now that's scary but that's all just part of the bigger picture ! I believe its coming " the new world order " 2012 maybe when it all starts falling in place .

      July 8, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. George

    Why don't voice mail systems use better passwords?

    July 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rick

    Murdoch hacked into thousands of telephones, many of the victims are very wealthy and have powerful lawyers. I wonder if his "Empire" can stand the burden of having to pay out thousands of million dollar settlements, each one of them trumpeted in the competing press and pushing the stock of Newscorp even further down.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rodney Shipley

    Incript your on-line comunication.

    July 8, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Wildone

    All the news that's (un)fit to print.

    July 9, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. Reader

    Fox News does the same thing. When will they be investigated?

    July 10, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. Larry L

    Rupert Murdoch exemplifies the "swift boat" nature of the modern conservative. In the US the type people who become Democrat are burdened by an innate sense of fairness. Conservatives justify unethical or dishonest behavior with an "end justifies the means" mindset. The Devil patiently waits...

    July 11, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ramius

    News world is only a crumb from the pie they all eat from................................who's for dessert...

    July 11, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
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