Murdoch editors must have known of phone hacking, court hears

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION).

STORY: Rebekah Brooks, a former top editor, and Andy Coulson, Prime Minister David Cameron's ex-media chief, oversaw a system of phone-hacking and illegal payments when they ran Rupert Murdoch's British tabloids, a London court heard at the start of their trial on Wednesday (October 30).

Setting out the prosecution case, Andrew Edis said Brooks was linked to both phone-hacking that ruined the tabloid News of the World and the practice of paying public officials for stories at its sister newspaper, the Sun. Brooks, 45, later ran Murdoch's British newspaper division from 2009 to 2011.

Edis said that Coulson, who helped guide Cameron into the prime minister's office in 2010, was Brooks's deputy and later ran the News of the World, a Sunday paper, when its staff routinely hacked or ordered the interception of voicemail messages of well-known figures and people close to them.

They both deny the charges.

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