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Brooks cleared of bribery charge in British hacking trial

Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of the News of the World and the Sun tabloids, was found not guilty Thursday of approving a payment to a public official for a photo of Prince William. Brooks, who rose to become chief executive of News International, Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper division, still faces four other charges in the trial, including for phone hacking. After three and a half months of prosecution argument at the Old Bailey court in London, Brooks was due to begin her defence case on Thursday.

Brooks cleared of bribery charge in British hacking trial

Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of the News of the World and the Sun tabloids, was found not guilty Thursday of approving a payment to a public official for a photo of Prince William. Brooks, who rose to become chief executive of News International, Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper division, still faces four other charges in the trial, including for phone hacking. After three and a half months of prosecution argument at the Old Bailey court in London, Brooks was due to begin her defence case on Thursday.

Ex-editor Brooks takes stand in British hacking trial

Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of the News of the World and the Sun tabloids, gave evidence for the first time in her phone-hacking trial on Thursday after being cleared of one charge of paying for a photo of Prince William in a bikini. The 45-year-old former chief executive of News International, Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper division, still faces four other charges in the long-running trial, including for conspiring to hack phones.

UK phone hacking trial: Rebekah Brooks acquitted on 1 of 5 charges

LONDON - Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted Thursday of one of the five charges she faced over wrongdoing at Rupert Murdoch's British tabloids — an allegation that she bribed an official for a picture of Prince William in a bikini. Judge John Saunders told the jury at Britain's phone hacking trial that there was "no case for Mrs. Brooks to answer" to one charge of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office.

Ex-Murdoch UK CEO Brooks acquitted on Prince William picture charge

LONDON (Reuters) - Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers who is on trial for phone-hacking and other charges, was acquitted on Thursday of one charge of authorizing an illegal payment for a picture of Prince William in a bikini. Brooks is still accused of four other offences relating to conspiracy to hack voicemail messages on mobile phones, authorizing illegal payments to public officials and then plotting to hinder a subsequent police investigation. She denies all the charges.

Former UK PM Blair offered to help Murdoch over phone-hacking

By Michael Holden and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Former British prime minister Tony Blair offered to act as a secret adviser to Rupert Murdoch during his media empire's phone-hacking scandal, suggesting the firm follow steps he took to calm public anger over the Iraq war, a London court heard on Wednesday.

Blair 'advised Murdoch executives over hacking crisis'

Former British prime minister Tony Blair advised a key executive in Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire days before she was arrested over phone hacking at the News of the World, a court heard on Wednesday. Blair also offered to be an "unofficial" advisor to Murdoch and his son James at the height of the scandal which led to the closure of the tabloid in July 2011.

Former UK PM Blair offered to advise Murdoch over phone-hacking

By Michael Holden and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair offered to act as an unofficial adviser to Rupert Murdoch during his media empire's phone-hacking scandal, suggesting the firm follow steps he took to address Iraq War anger, a London court heard on Wednesday.

Rebekah Brooks prepares to testify in UK hacking trial

Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper unit, arrived in court on Wednesday as she prepared to take the stand in the phone-hacking trial. After nearly four months of hearings, lawyers for Brooks, a former editor of the now-defunct News of the World tabloid, were due to begin presenting the case for the defence. Brooks denies conspiring to hack phones while she edited the paper between 2000 and 2003, specifically conspiring to illegally access the voicemails of missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler, who was later found murdered.

$800m Australian tax payout for Murdoch firm

Rupert Murdoch's Australian operations pocketed an Aus$882 million (US$800 million) tax rebate from the new conservative government, reports said Monday, blowing a major hole in the country's budget. The massive payout to News Corp. -- one of the largest ever made by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) -- related to complex shuffling of assets through local and overseas businesses in 1989 that netted the company a Aus$2 billion tax deduction, according to The Australian Financial Review.
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