David Cameron signed off text messages to former News Of The World editor Rebekah Brooks with ‘LOL’ – mistakenly believing it stood for ‘lots of love’. Brooks told the Leveson Inquiry that the Prime Minister occasionally ended messages with the well-known acronym, which is generally understood to mean ‘laugh out loud’. news.sky.com
Rupert Murdoch tells the Leveson Inquiry of a telephone conversation with Gordon Brown during which the former Labour Prime Minister said: “Your company has declared war on my Government and we have no alternative but to make war on your company,” after The Sun came out in support of the Conservatives in 2009.
The parents of murdered school girl Milly Dowler have told how media intrusion gave them false hope their daughter may still be alive. Sally Dowler told the Leveson Inquiry into press standards about her excitement as it appeared Milly had been accessing her voicemails after going missing in 2002. She said: “I rang her phone and it clicked through on to her voicemail and I just jumped and said: ‘She’s picked up her voicemails Bob, she’s alive’.” It later emerged that the News of the World commis
video.news.sky.com The News Of The World’s former legal manager says he told James Murdoch there was “direct and hard evidence” that phone hacking extended beyond a single reporter. After Tom Crone’s evidence, the Leveson Inquiry then heard from the paper’s former editor Colin Myler, who said anyone found to have acted illegally should face the full force of the law. Sky’s Senior Correspondent David Bowden reports.
Former tabloid editor Piers Morgan says he was unaware of any phone hacking going on while he was in charge of the Daily Mirror. Mr Morgan, now a broadcaster in the United States, told the Leveson inquiry into media ethics that he had very little sympathy with celebrities who used the press for publicity and then claimed that their privacy had been invaded.