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U.K. Sun Editor Says Phone-Hacking Trick ‘Well Known’ in 2002

January 09, 2012

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Dominic Mohan, editor of Rupert Murdoch’s U.K. Sun tabloid, said phone-hacking had been “well- known” in the industry as long ago as 2002, when he was recorded joking about it.

“I can’t remember my exact words,” Mohan said of a speech he made, “very briefly” at an informal awards ceremony for showbusiness reporters in April 2002. “It was well-known. There had been several articles printed about this.”

The Sun editor was giving evidence to an inquiry into media practices in London set up in the wake of reports that Murdoch’s News of the World paper hacked a murdered schoolgirl’s phone in 2002. He was asked about remarks he’d made when he’d been showbusiness editor of The Sun. At the time, the Guardian recorded him saying that rival paper the Daily Mirror got its scoops due to “lack of security” at a mobile phone operator.

Mohan said it had been “a cheap shot at the Mirror,” after the paper had had a good year of stories. “There were rumors in the industry. There’s always rumors in the industry, but this wasn’t based on any evidence.” He said he couldn’t remember if there had been similar rumors about The Sun.

--Editors: Peter Chapman

To contact the reporter on this story: Robert Hutton in London at rhutton1@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net.


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