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Hasit Shah | 10:30 UK time, Tuesday, 19 July 2011

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Since Chris Mason's blog post nearly two weeks ago, giving his initial reactions to what was already a big scandal, the phone hacking story has become one of the biggest many of us can remember. Every day, something astonishing has happened, and there is no sign of it slowing down yet.

As you'll know, over the weekend we had the resignations of Rebekah Brooks and Sir Paul Stephenson. Mrs Brooks was also arrested, and on Tuesday, she'll be questioned by MPs, along with Rupert and James Murdoch. MPs are also likely to have their summer recess delayed this year.

At 5 live, we've been changing the schedule and breaking into the golf coverage to accomodate events as they happen, so you get the fastest reaction and analysis.

On Sunday night, there was an extended edition of Pienaar's Politics and later, a news special presented by Adrian Goldberg. On Tuesday, Shelagh Fogarty, Richard Bacon and Drive will be live from Westminster.

July is traditionally a quiet month for news.


Since this post was originally published, a lot has happened. The second most senior police officer in Britain, John Yates, has also resigned. Yesterday, Sean Hoare, a former News of the World journalist who exposed phone hacking, was found dead at his home. The Sun's website was also hacked.

Here are the key timings for Tuesday. You'll be able to hear it all on 5 live.

12:00 Home Affairs Select Committee - Sir Paul Stephenson and John Yates

14:30 Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee - Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks

We have two news specials coming up: Drive has been extended, and will now be on air from 16:00 to 19:30. Tony Livesey's programme will start half an hour earlier than usual, at 22:00, and run till 01:00.

Related links

The MPs who'll question the Murdochs and Mrs Brooks
Latest developments on BBC News website
The timeline of the scandal
Phone hacking: key players


  • Comment number 1.

    The most important news story with vast implications for all media, since I don't know when. Sadly it is difficult to not detect the relish with which this is being sometimes being presented although I appreciate attempts have been made to remind Opposition MPs and callers that this has been going on an awful long time. I honestly think that as this is so cataclysmic, Richard Bacon's show could for once have been usurped and a serious presenter given the job of holding it together for the listener. Incidentally, Goldberg has done a great job standing in for Nolan. He really got to grips with everything.

  • Comment number 2.

    Carrie makes a good point and i also think the coverage last night was excellent; but i think she is unfair to Phil Williams, who is covering for Richard Bacon. Today's show will be a challenge, no doubt about that, but i think Phil can cover all the aspects. There is a wealth of talent at Five Live; the 'stand-ins' do a great job and in the process gain good experience; builds up the team.

  • Comment number 3.

    I didn't appreciate Phil was doing the show. I have enormous respect for Phil and he will do a good job.

  • Comment number 4.

    Ahhh..right..well, he is at least sure of 2 listeners today then! This saga is more compelling than all the Soaps combined.

  • Comment number 5.


  • Comment number 6.

    surely the facts now show clearly enough that a whole class of people which includes the top of Government, the Police, Financial Services and the Media are in this together corrupted by their power

    after 40 years...the rest of us aren't left with that much

  • Comment number 7.

    Radio presenters on 5 Live are saying they will be settling down to listen to 5Live as the hearings roll on. Why do that and have to listen to the interpretation of body language and what is being said, when you can watch it live and come to your own conclusions? At least it won't be Miliband lecturing us like yesterday, or the crowing noise of 600+ MPs trying to get the better of each other as happens all the time at present, and Mr Speaker trying to be credible. Michael Mansfield QC, one of my heroes, was on Breakfast today and was so interesting and professional that you just wish some of these grandstanding MPs would take a lesson from his book. Hope the Members of the Committees involved behave themselves though.

  • Comment number 8.

    Get back to reality ! most of us it is a given that our politicians , police are corrupt and always have been .
    Us normal people are to busy worrying about food and heat this winter . How far is murdoch"s reach anyway when most of us cant afford newspapers or even have electricity to run a TV .

  • Comment number 9.

    It is serious business, but the media-hype is turning it into a piece of theatrical nonsense..Michael Mansfield made some excellent points, but i have no doubt the MP's posing the question(s) will be conscious of the cameras and microphones, so will be more interested in not making a fool of themselves, rather than getting to grips with the issues. In theatrical terms, it has the making of a tragi-comedy

  • Comment number 10.

    ross has a bit of a point but actually it is slightly off the truth of the situation. I don't for one minute believe it is a given that the politicians, media and police are corrupt. There are bad eggs everywhere. What this has thankfully uncovered is the very bad side to investigative journalism. I personally couldn't care about any of these "celebrities" who have been hacked, they phone paps ahead to say where they will be and gossip and exposure is their oxygen. I would have more respect for their"hurt" if they gave their damages to a charity and lets hope they did. We shouldn't know about that side of things anyway.

    In order to get the best and deepest story obviously some NoTW people sank to a sub level and it has rightly been vilified for its behaviour and received the ultimate punishment despite current staff not being at all culpable. This in fact was the one subject in this whole matter that grabbed attention of the public and the uproar began because of poor Milly Dowler and so on.

    Some politicians were corrupt but if ross is referring to the expenses scandal it is now being sorted out and a new and visible integrity is required from the politicians in the parliament's two houses.

    The Met at one time were rife with corruption, not everywhere but certainly some districts and I have first hand experience of that. But you cannot tar everyone with the same brush.

    I wish a real pro was leading the questions.

  • Comment number 11.

    I have to say that I have lost track of what is going on in the NOTW saga and to be honest, I don't think I really care that much what Murdoch, Brookes et all have to say. There has been so much coverage and for so long I lost interest days ago. What we need are some arrests and some court cases.

  • Comment number 12.

    Did Bacon say anything at all during his programme? I heard Shelagh say he was on air today. If he didn't that was a good day's earnings wasn't it?

    I was impressed by Yates.

  • Comment number 13.

    John Pinar is ridiculous. The Murdochs handled the committee easily - the questions were pathetic (with the exception of Watson) and Rupert Murdoch clearly considered the committee of no great threat. Compare this committee with that questioning the policemen today. Murdoch is right when he compares us to Singaport - pay our MPs better and get the buffoons in this room replaced.

  • Comment number 14.

    I am fed up with the cynicism and I am glad I did not allow anyone on Lunchtime news/Bacon/Drive to influence what I think about these hearings - I just walked in to the kitchen where the radio was on, having watched non-hosted streaming, and I can tell you I can make up my own mind instead of a load of people going on and on so that for the next 73 phone ins on 5 Live I will hear people going on with what the BBC is trying to make me think. I am sick of the Guardian telling me, sick of the BBC lecturing me and fed up of being spoonfed by the media who don't think we can make our minds up. Probably the majority of people in the UK only care deeply about the Dowler/victims phone hacking issue and not the rest.

  • Comment number 15.

    Whenever the bulk of the mainstream British media builds itself up into a frenzy (all in the interest of upholding or appeasing 'alleged' public interest or outrage respectively) and devotes vast quantities of airtime and print space to one issue, it can be guaranteed there's an inherently more important issue that's been completely overshadowed by the furore!

  • Comment number 16.

    Consequently although tt was billed all day by excitable radio presenters as an 'all ticket' parliamentary equivalent of the World Cup the appearance of Rupert Murdoch, his son and Rebekah Brooks in front of a Commons Select Committee was nothing but a political gimmick which riddled with a predictable piece of drama for realism was wholly geared to make it appear that all the key players embroiled in the phone-hacking scandal were, in an aura of contrition, bringing each other to account.

  • Comment number 17.

    In reality of course it was to obscure the root cause of why certain journalists within the right-wing tabloid media might adopt more extreme journalistic practices like phone-hacking. In recessionary economic times with predictions of another financial crisis in the offing the public spending cuts achieving nothing, rising utility bills, increasing personal debt and house repossessions all combined with the futile military campaigns, the harder it is for political leaders to sell the morals of the neoliberal economic system to the general public via their right-wing trusted news executives. This inevitably increases the necessity of collusion between key personnel within the political and media establishments on skiing holidays or all night parties in order to formulate news and opinions that accords with their political agendas and which they can sell to the British voter! Phone hacking is just one extreme practice the more intrepid type of journalist may resort to to create stories that assists in fulfilling this function!

  • Comment number 18.

    Whatever party they belonged to the 'tough' MP inquisitors who sat on this select committee were all elected to the Commons by grovelling to the type of idealistic type journalism one reads in Murdoch type papers which made the proceedings even more farcical!

    Despite all the sanctimonious bluster and waffle about the threat of muzzling the 'free' press as a result of this saga, the corporate 'free' press. in collusion with any capitalist government will always be muzzled and both will be totally interdependent on each other!!

  • Comment number 19.

    Sorry, couldn't for some reason send all that above on one thread.

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  • Comment number 21.

    Another day another Murdoch Phone-in. Anyone noticed that the Euro is in meltdown at the moment or are the media so hyped up on this story and enjoying the 'bitchfest' that anything else is swept under the news radar?

  • Comment number 22.

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  • Comment number 24.

    feeding frenzy for the BBC it was not that long ago that a journalist was being interviewed on 5live who addmitted to paying the police saying it was acceptable I pressume his details have been passed onto the police this is not limited to just one news oraganisation as the upcomming inquiries will show

  • Comment number 25.

    24 above: Mazzer42. Exactly and when it does all come out in the wash that corrupt journalistic practices are endemic and prevail throughout most media outlets and not just the print then there'll be a total media blackout and certainly not a suitable subject for 'Your Call'!

    Yesterday a few radio/TV presenters commented that the phone-hacking scandal has 'overshadowed' other issues like the European Monetary problem or famine in Somalia etc. Yet what the public hear, reads, absorbs, comments on, gets outraged or excited over all has a source which inevitably is the media and what well heeled news executives regard as priority issues over others. and what they eventually decide as suitable for on air comment!

  • Comment number 26.

    Many of the headlines are just out to censor the inherent headline; so when there's another £100 billion bail out authorised by Eurozone leaders its presented as if its all about the currency, or a particular struggling separate economic state like Greece that's being bailed out and not the state of the 'free market' (laughably) economic system that's being bailed out to save the face of the system.

    Anyway as long as 5 Live Breakfast presenter Rachel Burden can afford an £80 ticket just to look at a wedding dress at Buckingham Palace who on earth is worried by a mere £100Bn!

    So who makes the news? Good subject of a 'Your Call' perhaps?

  • Comment number 27.

    The Your Call on the Euro crisis didn't seem to have many callers yesterday, mostly guests with an opinion to pad out the hour.

    I agree with you Nick in 25 and 26. I heard you recently when you phoned in, good luck and good call.

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  • Comment number 29.

    Clearly you do not want opinions on your blogs. Just praise presumably will be acceptable.

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  • Comment number 31.

    It wouldn't have broken any of my rules Carrie, unfortunately I don't make them. Thanks for your comment and good luck to you


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