January 26, 2007 - The News of the World's royal editor Clive Goodman is jailed for four months and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire receives a six-month sentence after they admit intercepting voicemail messages on royal aides' phones.The paper's editor Andy Coulson resigns in the wake of the convictions.
July 2009 - The Guardian reports that the News of the World's publisher has paid more than £1 million to settle cases that threatened to reveal evidence of its journalists' alleged involvement in phone hacking.
May 2010 - Mr Coulson becomes head of the new coalition Government's media operation after David Cameron enters 10 Downing Street as Prime Minister.
September 2010 - The New York Times publishes a long article which claims Mr Coulson knew his staff were carrying out illegal phone hacking.
January 21, 2011 - Mr Coulson announces he is standing down as Downing Street communications chief.
January 26, 2011 - Scotland Yard launches a fresh inquiry into the phone hacking controversy, called Operation Weeting, after receiving "significant new information" from News International, which publishes the News of the World.
April 2011 - News International admits liability and apologises "unreservedly" to a number of public figures whose phones were hacked.
July 4, 2011 - The Guardian reports that the News of the World hacked the mobile phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler after she went missing in 2002.
July 6, 2011 - Mr Cameron announces a public inquiry into the scandal. Rupert Murdoch describes the phone hacking allegations as "deplorable and unacceptable".
July 7, 2011 - News International chairman James Murdoch announces he is closing the News of the World.
July 13, 2011 - Mr Murdoch's News Corporation withdraws its bid to take over satellite broadcaster BSkyB.
July 15, 2011 - Rebekah Brooks resigns as chief executive of News International. Two days later she is arrested on suspicion of phone hacking and corruption before being bailed.
July 28, 2011 - Police tell Sara Payne, whose eight-year-old daughter Sarah was murdered in 2000, that her phone may have been hacked by the News of the World.
September 2011 - The News of the World's former editor Colin Myler and ex-legal manager Tom Crone tell the Culture, Media and Sport Committee they informed James Murdoch in 2008 about an email that proved hacking went beyond a single "rogue reporter" on the News of the World. Mr Murdoch denies their claim.
November 2011 - The Leveson Inquiry, sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, starts hearing evidence about the culture, practice and ethics of the British press.
January 2012 - The High Court hears that dozens of celebrities and politicians, including Jude Law and Lord Prescott, have now settled damages claims over the News of the World phone hacking scandal.
January 28, 2012 - Four former and current Sun journalists and a serving Metropolitan Police officer are arrested over alleged illegal police payments. They are later bailed.
February 15, 2012 - Reuters reports that a source has said the investigation into alleged corrupt payments by Sun journalists involves "suspected criminality over a sustained period of time" involving tens of thousands of pounds.
February 17, 2012 - Rupert Murdoch declares his "unwavering support" for The Sun's journalists and announces he is lifting the suspensions of all arrested staff.
February 19, 2012 - News International announces The Sun will be published on a Sunday for the first time on February 26.
February 29, 2012 - It is announced that James Murdoch is to step down as executive chairman of News International.
April 3, 2012 - James Murdoch is reportedly set to step down as chairman of satellite broadcaster BSkyB.