Timeline: New hacking revelations hit News Corp

Fri Jul 8, 2011 11:49am EDT
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(Reuters) - Here are the main events in the long-running phone-hacking scandal which brought down the 168-year old News of the World tabloid on Thursday.

The scandal comes at a time when parent firm News Corp is seeking to take over UK pay-TV firm BSkyB in its biggest ever acquisition, worth around $14 billion.

2000 - Rebekah Wade is appointed editor of Britain's best-selling Sunday tabloid News of the World. She begins a campaign to name and shame alleged pedophiles, leading to some alleged offenders being terrorized by angry mobs. She also campaigns for public access to the Sex Offenders Register, which eventually comes into law as "Sarah's Law."

2002 - Teenager Milly Dowler disappears in Walton on Thames, Surrey in March. Her remains are found in September.

2003 - Wade becomes editor of daily tabloid The Sun, sister paper to the News of the World. She tells a parliamentary committee her paper paid police for information. News International later says this is not company practice.

November 2005 - The Sunday tabloid publishes a story on Prince William's knee injury prompting complaints by royal staff members about voicemail messages being intercepted. The complaints spark a police inquiry.

January 2007 - The News of the World's royal affairs editor Clive Goodman is jailed for four months.

-- Goodman listened to voicemail messages left for the press secretary of Prince Charles and also for two officials who worked for his sons, princes William and Harry.

-- His accomplice, private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, is given a six-month prison term. Goodman and Mulcaire admitted in November 2006 to plotting to unlawfully intercept communications while Mulcaire also pleaded guilty to five other charges of unlawfully intercepting voicemail messages.   Continued...