Coulson and Brooks face trial next year

David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks will face trial over allegations linked to phone hacking in September next year.

The pair appeared at the Old Bailey today with fellow former journalists from defunct tabloid the News of the World (NotW).

David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks.
David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks. Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ex-managing editor Stuart Kuttner, former news editor Greg Miskiw, former head of news Ian Edmondson, ex-chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and former reporter James Weatherup are also facing charges, along with private detective Glenn Mulcaire. Kuttner was excused from attending the hearing today.

The seven former NotW staff face one general accusation of conspiracy to access voicemails which prosecutors say could affect up to 600 victims, along with other charges related to specific people.

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Coulson and Brooks 2013 trial

David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson and former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks will face trial over allegations linked to phone hacking in September next year. They appeared at the Old Bailey today.