Morgan is one of the most important members of the cast of the phone hacking scandal. He was the first of a long line of Murdoch editors forged in the crucible of the Sun’s show business column “Bizarre”. One of his proteges was Andy Coulson.
Morgan was singled out by Sun editor Kelvin Mackenzie as a future editor and it was his patronage that led to his appointment as News of the World editor at the age of 29. There Morgan singled out a young reporter and promoted her to Features Editor: her name was Rebekah Brooks. Morgan was destined to edit the Sun but when Daily Mirror boss David Montgomery — a former News of the World editor — offered him the editorship of the Mirror, Morgan accepted.
By 2003, the troika of Morgan (Mirror), Coulson (News of the World) and Brooks (The Sun) had an iron grip on Britain’s tabloids. Morgan was at the Mirror for nearly ten years — a decade that saw the paper embrace the “dark arts” of illegal news-gathering.
The plan is to produce a readable, balanced picture of a talented but flawed individual.
I’m a retired television producer so I don’t need to be paid for my time.
But researching, writing and publishing a book as ambitious as this one does not come cheap, especially since it needs to be read for libel.
Was it key pieces of evidence from the Hacking Trial? The revealing messages between Tony Blair and Rebekah Brooks? Or the electrifying evidence of former News of the World reporter and supergrass/whistleblower Dan Evans? Or was it the near disastrous intervention of David Cameron over the partial verdicts on his former head of communications Andy Coulson.
No. The two most popular posts were…. wait for the fireworks….
Before Panorama airs at 7.30 tonight, after two delays, it might be worth looking at the background of MazHer Mahmood, aka the Fake Sheikh, at News of the World under the editorship of Rebekah Brooks, from early 2000 to early 2003.
One of the first things Brooks did as editor of Britain’s best selling paper was to recall Greg Miskiw from New York, where he had set up office, and form an Investigations Team that worked outside both the Features and News Desk. From various bits of evidence show the floating membership from 2000 onwards to consist of:
The first email from Friday 12th of April is from the same day, as other evidence has revealed, five NOTW journalists were sent to Telford thanks to Glenn Mulcaire‘s hacking of Dowler’s voicemail, picking up a (wrong number) message from a recruiting agency about a job at print factory. Kuttner’s editor, Rebekah Brooks, was in Dubai that weekend.
The second email, sent initially on the 19th of April, was resent on the Saturday. In this version Kuttner explicitly acknowledges the previous NOTW story was based on Milly Dowler’s voicemail messages. Kuttner claimed NOTW changed the story to reflect the new information from Surrey Police that the voicemail from the recruiting agency was a ‘hoax’. However, the hoax allegation was contained in the first two editions of the Sunday tabloid. In the third edition, all references to voicemails were removed. Continue reading →
As discussed in evidence yesterday and today, the CPS have released a redacted version of Stuart Kuttner‘s contemporaneous notes of his discussion with former NOTW Royal Reporter Clive Goodman, dated 10th August 2006, soon after he was released from his arrest and questioning by police in the initial Operation Caryatid investigation into phone hacking.
This evidence is currently being adduced by Andrew Edis QC, as he cross examines Kuttner in the witness box. The original pages are from the NI archives, where Kuttner explains he filed most his notebooks. The transcript is an agreed document Continue reading →
Clive Goodman, the former NOTW Royal Editor, also told the court that Mulcaire provided both personalised PIN numbers and direct dial numbers for voicemails.
Previous prosecution evidence had shown Mulcaire blagging, using engineering passwords, a reset to default from the customer service lines of mobile phone companies. But how could he get hold of a personalised PIN number?. Goodman claimed he had met a contact of Mulcaire’s from the security services and that they provided key data.
These claims have not been thoroughly tested in evidence in Court 12, and much remains speculation. But Chris has devised a thought experiment about how to get hold of personalised pins.
Glenn Mulcaire has pleaded guilty to further charges of conspiracy to intercept voice-mails. But all the defendants at Court 12 deny all the charges and the trial continues.
As Claire Pollard, who usually storifies my tweets, is away for a couple of days, I am reproducing, with kind permission of Rosie Robertson, today’s entry in her excellent Press Reform blog. I don’t think the evidence today from former NOTW Royal Correspondent Clive Goodman needs much comment Continue reading →
This is a transcript of a voicemail, recovered in 2006 from Clive Goodman‘s premises, allegedly left by Prince William on Prince Harry‘s phone. It is the first proof that senior members of the Royal Family were hacked by Glenn Mulcaire, rather than just their aides as admitted in 2006. The reason this has been shown to a jury is, from the prosecution’s case, to prove that NOTW sourced stories from phone hacking, and this information was shared between other defendants. All of the defendants deny all the charges and the trial continues