New Phone Hacking Allegations: 13 Murdoch Executives’ Names in the Frame: Part 10 – Byline Investigates The Sun

26 May 2017

RUPERT Murdoch’s UK newspaper business has been ordered to trawl the archives of 13 current and former employees for evidence of phone hacking and the destruction of evidence – allegations the company denies.

These are the people under scrutiny:


Les Hinton: Rupert Murdoch’s right hand man

Rupert Murdoch’s eyes and ears in London and employee for more than 50 years. The former Chief Executive of News Group Newspapers oversaw payoffs to convicted phone hackers Clive Goodman and Glenn Mulcaire.


The Son: James Murdoch

Scion of the Murdoch empire and Executive Chairman of News International when it agreed to pay vast damages to shut down early phone hacking claims. Victims claim millions of emails were deleted and hundreds of computers, containing material potentially damaging to the family firm, though this yet to be proven. 


Chief Exec: Rebekah Brooks

The woman who’s done almost every job in the business, from secretary to Chief Executive. Having already been acquitted of phone hacking and corrupting public officials at the Old Bailey, she will be seen as a safe pair of hands in the witness box if required to appear in yet another trial this autumn.

Money man: Stuart Kuttner

The News of the World’s long-serving Ex-Managing Editor – the moneyman who knew his paper had intercepted murdered Milly Dowler’s voicemails before the police did.


New broom: Bill Akass

The new broom introduced to sweep the paper clean when Stuart Kuttner relinquished the Managing Editor’s role. Oversaw a botched internal investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World.


Managing Editor: Sun man Graham Dudman

The former Managing Editor of The Sun whose name cropped up as a commissioner of convicted data thief ‘Secret’ Steve Whittamore. Signed off invoices for private investigators and data blaggers.


Political: Hacker Andy Coulson

David Cameron’s Director of Communications and former Editor of the News of the World whose false claims of innocence failed to convince an Old Bailey jury not to convict him. Sentenced to 18 months’ prison for conspiring to intercept communications.

Vodafoney: Leveson voicemail ‘joker’

The Sun showbiz guru who joked about phone hacking with colleagues but denied any personal knowledge under oath at the Leveson Inquiry. Now alleged by High Court claimants to have known about hacking on the paper’s Bizarre column. Went on to become editor for four years.

Former Editor: Colin Myler
Replaced the disgraced Coulson as Editor of the News of the World – later told Rebekah Brooks of its Chief Reporter Neville Thurlbeck’s confession that Coulson and Deputy Neil Wallis ordered the destruction of phones and a computer used in the hacking of Home Secretary David Blunkett.


Silver bullet: Wolfman acquitted
The ‘Wolfman’ Deputy Editor of the News of the World who dodged a silver bullet at the Old Bailey and was acquitted of phone hacking charges. It later emerged he and Coulson were said by former Chief Reporter Neville Thurlbeck to have not only known of hacking, but ordered evidence of it to be destroyed.


Newton’s Law: next Sun editor?

Ambitious Editor-in-Waiting at The Sun and Deputy Editor at the News of the World when it closed down over phone hacking. Name appears on Spice Girls story said to have been based on hacked information.

Cover up claims: Rogue reporter defence found to be false

The Director of Legal Affairs who was a key player in shutting down damaging claims by hacking target Max Clifford, which would have wrecked the company’s false ‘one rogue reporter’ defence to the conviction of former Royal Editor Clive Goodman.

Managing the law: Tom Crone

The Legal Manager the journalists loved for keeping bad stories in the paper and away from the courts with the company chequebook. Instrumental in paying off Gordon Taylor and Max Clifford to keep quiet about wider phone hacking at the News of the World.