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News of the World management knew that fake names were used to pay contacts for information, former reporter Clive Goodman has claimed in court..
He said he created two false identities which he used to pay sources for tips, in particular someone he thought was a freelance journalist, and a newspaper executive.
Asked at the Old Bailey by his lawyer if the system of using false names to arrange payments was known by the management at the newspaper, Goodman said: "Yes, it was."
When asked how long it had been going on, he said: "It was there when I arrived in 1986 and went on through all the way until I left in 2006."