News Former correspondent of the News of the World and Sunday Mirror Dan Evans arrives at the Old Bailey

“Shock” and “anxiety” ran through the editorial floor of the News of the World the day two people were arrested in 2006 in connection with phone hacking. The description, from the former News International staff journalist Dan Evans, was told to the jury at the phone hacking trial.

Jeremy Hunt urged PM to look favourably on News Corp's BSkyB bid

Memo undermines PM's claim his Government was unbiased on BSkyB bid

The political scandal over Rupert Murdoch's battle to buy BSkyB moved closer to David Cameron last night after new evidence undermined the Prime Minister's claim that his Government was scrupulously even-handed in deciding on the £8bn deal.

More than 1,000 text messages were exchanged between Jeremy Hunt's office and the News Corp team pursuing the most controversial British media acquisition in modern times - some of them sent by the Culture Secretary himself

What 1,000 text messages tell us about a special relationship

The Culture Secretary may come to regret his SMS habit

Leveson Inquiry: Lord Mandelson denies deal with Rupert Murdoch

Tony Blair and Gordon Brown may have grown "closer than was wise" to Rupert Murdoch, former Labour cabinet minister Lord Mandelson acknowledged today.

Rupert Murdoch went on what staff called a morale-boosting ‘royal tour’ of The Sun’s newsroom

Fact File: Phone Hacking

From the first whispers of illegal practice at the News of the World in 2006, has grown a scandal large enough to engulf the Metropolitan Police, the entire British political establishment and a globe-straddling media conglomerate.

Lead officer's exit will not divert hacking probe, Yard insists

An inquiry into phone hacking and associated police corruption and computer hacking will not be diverted by the retirement of the senior officer who has led the £40m investigation since January last year, Scotland Yard pledged last night.

Ms Brooks received sympathetic messages from senior figures in 10 and 11 Downing Street, the Home Office, the Foreign Office and some Labour politicians, including Tony Blair

Fact File: The Leveson Inquiry

When the Leveson Inquiry opened in November 2011, Lord Justice Leveson summed up its purpose with a single question: “Who guards the guardians?"

George Osborne under pressure to appear at Leveson Inquiry

George Osborne is under increasing pressure to appear in person at the Leveson Inquiry following the disclosure of further evidence of his close links to the Murdoch empire.

Ed Miliband in voter registration move

Ed Miliband today launched Labour's biggest voter registration drive in a generation in an attempt to rebuild the support which delivered its landslide general election victory of 1997.

News Corp reports rise in profits

News Corporation has reported a strong rise in quarterly profits despite continuing legal charges over the phone-hacking scandal.

GORDON BROWN: In 2000 a contractor checked the then-Chancellor’s records illicitly

Detectives ran criminal record checks on Labour politicians

Covert checks by private detectives on the background of Labour politicians are expected to take centre stage at the Leveson Inquiry tomorrow.

Andy Coulson held shares in News Corporation while he was David Cameron's head of communications at Downing Street, it was revealed today

IoS exclusive: Coulson owned News Corp shares while at No 10

Revelation raises key questions for inquiry: did Cameron know, and, if not, why not?

Dial M for Murdoch, By Tom Watson and Martin Hickman

Murdoch: My part in his downfall

Leading article: A question of competence

Mr Cameron seems to take too much on trust and fails to think things through

James Ashton: It's the shareholders, not Sly Bailey, who are to blame for her overdue departure

Chief executives gain admiration for lots of things: their strategy, people skills, profit growth. But two aspects guarantee how they linger in the memory: their entrances and exits.

The offending front page

The Sun defiant over 'Bwing on the Euwos!' Roy Hodgson front page headline

A tabloid newspaper that came under fire for publishing a front page headline playing on new England manager Roy Hodgson's manner of speech has accused its critics of "a sense of humour failure".

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