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Pay-TV giant BSkyB scores lower profits

British pay-TV group BSkyB announced a drop in half-year net profits Thursday as higher costs linked to coverage of live English Premier League football offset rising revenues. BSkyB said profit after tax fell almost 16 percent to £411 million ($678 million, 500 million euros) in the final six months of 2013 compared with the equivalent period in 2012. The group's financial year runs from July to June. The company which also offers broadband Internet and telephone services said total revenues jumped 7.6 percent to £3.75 billion in the reporting period.

Editor knew about hacking at News of the World, court told

A journalist told Britain's phone hacking trial on Wednesday that Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid routinely eavesdropped on celebrities' voicemail messages and editor Andy Coulson "knew exactly what was going on". Reporter Dan Evans, who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to hack phones, said "even the office cat" knew the illegal practice was widely used at the now defunct paper.

Murdoch's UK arm in phone-hacking cover-up, ex-reporter says

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - A former tabloid reporter told a London court on Wednesday that Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper arm, News International, had been involved in a conspiracy to cover up phone-hacking and that he had lied about his own role to toe "the company line". Dan Evans, who has admitted hacking into mobile phone voicemails of dozens of celebrities during his time at Murdoch's News of the World, said he had lied about it both to police and in a civil legal case as part of a widespread company cover-up.

British PM Cameron's ex-media chief knew of phone-hacking, court hears

By Michael Holden and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron's ex-media chief Andy Coulson listened to a hacked voicemail that revealed two leading actors were having an affair when he was editor of the News of the World, a London court heard on Tuesday. Dan Evans, a former reporter and self-confessed prolific phone hacker on the Rupert Murdoch tabloid, said Coulson was one of 10 senior figures on the paper who knew how he intercepted voicemails to generate front page stories.

Ex-News of the World reporter says editor Andy Coulson heard hacked Daniel Craig voicemail

LONDON - A tabloid reporter who has pleaded guilty to phone hacking said Tuesday that he played the News of the World's editor a hacked voicemail left for actor Daniel Craig by actress Sienna Miller, with whom he was having an affair. Dan Evans is a prosecution witness at the trial of his former boss, Andy Coulson, and six others, on charges related to wrongdoing at the now-shuttered Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid.

British reporter admits hacking at Murdoch paper and rival

A former journalist has admitted illegally accessing celebrities' voicemail messages while working at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid and its rival, the Sunday Mirror, Britain's phone-hacking trial heard on Monday. Dan Evans, 38, is the fourth News of the World journalist to plead guilty to phone hacking while working at the disgraced tabloid, but the first reporter to admit that he used the illegal practice at the rival Sunday Mirror.

Jude Law tells phone hacking trial he was unaware of claim a relative sold stories to tabloid

LONDON - Jude Law has told Britain's phone hacking trial that for years the media had an "unhealthy" amount of information about his private life. But the actor said he was unaware until he heard it in court Monday that a close family member allegedly sold stories about him to the tabloid press. Law appeared as a witness at the trial of two former editors of Rupert Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World tabloid — Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson — and five others on charges related to illegal eavesdropping. The defendants deny all the charges.

Actor Jude Law tells UK phone-hacking trial of hounding by the press

LONDON (Reuters) - Film star Jude Law told Britain's phone-hacking trial on Monday that reporters and photographers used to hound him and that they even appeared at events he had organized secretly for his children. "I became aware I was turning up at places having arranged to go there secretly and the media would already be there," said Law, who is currently appearing on stage in London's West End in a production of Shakespeare's "Henry V".

Global press group visits Britain over newspaper freedom fears

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - A global media organization began its first press freedom mission to Britain on Wednesday over concerns about the government's plans to regulate newspapers and its response to the Edward Snowden revelations. The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), based in Paris, said it would be holding meetings with Culture Secretary Maria Miller as part of a visit to Britain to discuss "worrying developments".

British phone-hacking trial told evidence was thrown away

A personal assistant to former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks disposed of tens of her boss's archived notebooks at the height of Britain's phone-hacking scandal, a court heard Tuesday. Cheryl Carter is standing trial along with Brooks at the Old Bailey, Britain's top criminal court, charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Carter maintains that the notebooks, numbering around 30, were hers and that all Brooks' possessions were returned to the News International office.
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