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Key moments in Britain's phone-hacking scandal

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 24, 2014 at 8:14 am •  Published: June 24, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Here are key developments in the phone hacking scandal involving segments of Britain's tabloid press:

November 2005: The News of the World reports that Prince William has a knee injury. A Buckingham Palace complaint prompts a police inquiry that reveals information came from a voicemail that was hacked.

August 2006: News of the World reporter Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire arrested over the royal phone hacking.

January 2007: Goodman sentenced to four months in prison and Mulcaire to six months for hacking the phones of royal aides. News of the World editor Andy Coulson resigns but denies knowing about the practice. In May he is hired as communications chief to Conservative Party leader David Cameron.


Jan. 14: Police reopen phone-hacking investigation after News of the World says it has found "significant new information."

Jan. 21: Coulson resigns from Cameron's office.

April 8: News of the World admits responsibility for phone hacking.

May 13: Actress Sienna Miller's lawyer says News of the World settled her lawsuit for 100,000 pounds. Scores more settlements eventually follow, at a cost of millions to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

July 4: The Guardian newspaper says News of the World journalists hacked into voicemails left for murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler while police were searching for her in 2002.

July 7: Amid public outrage over the Dowler revelations, Murdoch announces that week's News of the World will be the last.

July 8: Coulson arrested.

July 13: Cameron appoints Lord Justice Brian Leveson to lead inquiry into phone hacking and the culture and practices of British newspapers. News Corp. drops bid to take full control of British Sky Broadcasting.

July 15: Rebekah Brooks, chief of News International and former editor of the News of the World and The Sun, resigns.

July 17: Brooks arrested.

July 19: Rupert Murdoch appears at a parliamentary hearing, calling it "the most humble day of my life." He and son James deny responsibility for wrongdoing.

Oct. 21: Rupert Murdoch faces disgruntled investors at the company's annual meeting. More than a third vote against re-electing Murdoch's sons James and Lachlan to the board of directors.

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