British Phone-Hacking Scandal Brought To A Close

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Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson and former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks are both pictured arriving at the Old Bailey on June 23, 2014 in London. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

In the fall of 2010, the scandal involving the phone-hacking of celebrities, including members of the royal family, in Rupert Murdoch’s British media empire grabbed headlines.

Now, after an eight-month trial, the former editor of News of the World, Andy Coulson, was found guilty of conspiracy to hack personal voicemails. His predecessor, who later became chief executive of News International, Rebekah Brooks, was acquitted of all charges.

NPR’s David Folkenflik, who has been following the story since 2010, discusses the verdict with Here & Now’s Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson.


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