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News Corp. Hired Private Eye 407 Times in Brooks’s Editor Tenure

February 03, 2014

A former journalist at News Corp.’s News of the World tabloid asked a convicted hacker to carry out investigative work more than 400 times during the time Rebekah Brooks was editor of the weekly.

Greg Miskiw instructed the private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, on 407 occasions between 2000 and 2003 with 12 of those indicating hacking or preparation to hack phones, Detective Constable Nicholas Oskiewicz said at a London phone-hacking trial today.

Brooks, the former chief executive officer of News Corp. (NWSA:US)’s U.K. unit, is one of seven people at the three-month-old trial charged with offenses related to hacking, bribing public officials and destruction of evidence.

Miskiw, a former assistant editor at the weekly tabloid, and Mulcaire, have both pleaded guilty to phone-hacking charges. Mulcaire was convicted and imprisoned for phone hacking in 2007.

Rupert Murdoch, chairman of New York-based News Corp., closed the News of the World in July 2011 after the discovery that the newspaper accessed the voice mails of a murdered schoolgirl years earlier.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeremy Hodges in London at jhodges17@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net


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