The 'Neville' named in the infamous "for Neville" email at the heart of the phone hacking scandal, and former NOTW chief reporter said he had been "proud" to work for the now-defunct Sunday tabloid.
Mr Thurlbeck, who was arrested last April by police investigating the phone hacking scandal, revealed that the average payment for a 'kiss and tell' which resulted in a front-page story was between £15,000 and £20,000.
Defending the public interest in publishing a story revealing an alleged affair between David Beckham and his personal assistant Rebecca Loos, Mr Thurlbeck said: "He was sponsored left, right and centre. He was always promoting himself with his family as a happy modern man. It was a wholesome image that the family cultivated and the public bought into on a massive scale, and we exposed that as a sham."