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NoTW Phone Hacking: Andy Coulson Is The Only Journalist Who Didn’t Know?

by | 27th, January 2011

VERY soon the only person working at the News of the World under Andy Coulson’s editorship who did not know phones were being hacked will be Andy Coulson.

To date, assistant editor Ian Edmondson has been sacked, or relocated to a listening post at GCHQ.

In 2007, the paper’s “royal editor” Clive Goodman and private eye Glenn Mulcaire were jailed. And Coulson resigned as editor and has now walked away from his job as the Prime Minister’s head of communications.

There will be more of these:

Meanwhile the thing gets bigger. Tim Godwin, the acting Met commissioner, tells media of the re-opened investigation:

It will be very robust and it will be under scrutiny as it should be. It will restore confidence in victims who feel they have not been given a service. It will be with no stone unturned. We have some of the most skilled investigators in the country and you will be proud of what they do.

Emily Bell .

Rupert Murdoch isn’t known for allowing egregious errors in his staff go unpunished, but he has had his eye off the newspaper ball in the UK for quite some time, certainly since buying the Wall Street Journal in the US in 2007.

Now the mess of the phone hacking threatens something that is extremely important to Murdoch: his business interests. It threatens to scuttle the buy-back of BSkyB shares, currently being scrutinised (although that is rather a strong word) by Jeremy Hunt, and although the story has not exactly been front-page news in every paper in the US, the hacking case certainly has the potential to dent Murdoch’s reputation in his most important territory.

So far Rupert Murdoch has been kept remote from the unfolding saga. Now he has put himself at the centre of it. Whether he can control it is an open question.

The alleged victims:

1 Andy Coulson Former editor of News of the World

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