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Timeline: News Corporation and the hacking scandal

James, left, and Rupert Murdoch appear before a parliamentary committee on phone hacking in July 2011. Photo: REUTERS/Parbul TV
  • 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.

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