James Murdoch’s testimony on phone hacking is getting called into question by those who were closest to the situation at the time: that could have a huge impact on his position at the company if proven to be true. But it wasn’t the only big development today in the News International hacking scandal…
— Sun editor sacked: Another News International employee has left the building. Matt Nixson (pictured, from his Twitter feed) was the features editor for the The Sun, but he used to work for News of the World, and earlier today he was escorted out by four security guards. Although no specific reason has yet been given for his firing, it is known that it was instigated by the newly-strengthened Management and Standards Committee as part of its ongoing internal investigation. (via Guardian)
— Greg Miskiw: The former news editor at News of the World, who now lives in Florida, is heading back to London for questioning by authorities. He is alleged to have been involved in some of the phone hacking and dealings with the police for procuring other information. (via Telegraph)
— Lawyers: A report in tonight’s Newsnight program on BBC notes that lawyers representing some of those claiming to have had their phones hacked, were hacked themselves.
— Rupert and Wendi interviewed: Remember those long pauses and deliberate answers from News Corp (NSDQ: NWS) CEO Rupert Murdoch when he was getting questioned by MPs on Tuesday? Well, rewind a mere few weeks and see a completely different face of Rupert, as he and Tiger Wife Wendi get interviewed by Chinese television. (via Telegraph)
— Mobile tracking: Possibly worse even than mobile hacking in terms of how intrusive it is, mobile tracking data was also regularly being used by News of the World, according to claims from the late Sean Hoare, an ex-NOTW journalist-turned-whistleblower. MP Jenny Jones has now written to Scotland Yard asking it to investigate claims that some of that data was being purchased by NOTW and to seek a guarantee that anyone who suspects unlawful tracking will have the complaint investigated. (via Guardian)
— Sunday: That, apparently, is the name of the new tabloid being put together by the publishers of the Daily Mail, Associated Newspapers, with aim being to pick up new readers in the wake of the closure of NOTW. This is not the first time we’ve heard this venture mentioned, but what’s interesting here is the further detail about the content.
Apparently Sunday will be “based on” the <a href="http://www.mailonline.co.uk" title="Daily Mail website”>Daily Mail website, one of the more popular newspaper sites in the world. One catch to the name: as we pointed out before, News International is sitting on the domain name Sunday.co.uk, so it will be interesting how Associated chooses to make its web-inspired newspaper carve out a distinct place online. The article that revealed the extra detail on Sunday also has some interesting color on Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson — more flattering than much of what else you read — and a speculation on how the hacking scandal might spread to the sports desk. (via SportsJournalists.co.uk)