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Investors complain about ‘lack of visibility’ around bonus scheme for directors

Murdoch & me: How Chris Bryant brought a media mogul down to earth

Chris Bryant MP has been barracked by the tabloids for seven years. But as a man who has experienced far worse – an alcoholic mother, state terrorism and intense poverty in his parish while he was a vicar – he wasn't about to stop hounding Rupert into the dock

Mulcaire makes his defence: I only did what I was told to do

The disgraced private detective at the centre of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal yesterday turned on his former employer and said the paper had been fully aware of everything he did for them.

Sky to hand back £1bn but investors want more

BSkyB promised to hand back more than £1bn to shareholders as it posted a 23 per cent rise in annual profits yesterday, but one major investor complained the windfall could have been higher.

NOTW investigator 'acted on instructions'

The private detective at the centre of phone hacking allegations was an "employee" who "acted on the instructions of others", his legal team said today.

Press watchdog chief to step down

Baroness Buscombe, chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, will step down from her role following growing criticism of the watchdog in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, she said today.

MP's bid to recall Murdoch rebuffed

Labour MP Tom Watson said his attempt to recall Rupert Murdoch and his son James to give more evidence to the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee over phone-hacking has been voted down.

Letter from the editor: "Horrific, if unsurprising"

So, here we are splashing on the phone-hacking saga with a story that the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee chairman John Whittingdale says is “horrific, if unsurprising”.

Gordon Taylor urged to come clean about £725,000 payout

Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, must break his silence over phone-hacking and explain why he was paid £725,000 in damages for being targeted by the News of the World, MPs said last night.

Sky board to discuss Murdoch's position

Sources close to Mr Murdoch say the Sky chairman retains the support of some of the group's largest investors

Leading article: Indefensible briefings

One of the most striking revelations in the records released earlier this week of meetings between Government ministers and News International executives was that the Defence Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, apparently gave Rupert and James Murdoch confidential briefings on Afghanistan. In extracting information directly from the Defence Secretary, the Murdoch family appears to have taken its Fox News brand rather literally.

MPs to quiz executives on James Murdoch's evidence

Politicians recall witnesses to explain inconsistencies

Murdochs were given secret defence briefings

Ministers held meetings with media mogul's people more than 60 times

Biographer: Murdoch talked to his editors more than he admits

Rupert Murdoch had far more frequent and hands-on contact with his London tabloid editors than he admitted in his evidence to MPs last week, his biographer claimed yesterday.

George Osborne met NI chiefs 16 times

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has met executives of News Corporation companies on 16 occasions since the coalition Government took power, it was revealed today.

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Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

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Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

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