Phone hacking: Victims' lawyers under surveillance
- 8 November 2011
- From the section Entertainment & Arts
This round-up of Tuesday's main media stories reports on a new revelation in the phone-hacking scandal.
The News of the World hired an ex-police officer early last year to carry out surveillance on two prominent lawyers representing victims of phone hacking, reports BBC News. Derek Webb told BBC Newsnight he covertly followed lawyers Mark Lewis and Charlotte Harris, as part of an attempt to demonstrate that Mr Lewis was having a relationship with Ms Harris and was sharing confidential information with her. Mr Lewis told Newsnight that he was "devastated" to hear the revelations. News International, owners of the News of the World, said the action was "deeply inappropriate".
The Guardian says senior BBC executives have told a parliamentary committee that Andrew Marr risked breaching BBC editorial guidelines with his three-year super-injunction that he lifted in May. It reports: "The BBC's head of editorial compliance, David Jordan, told a joint Commons and Lords committee investigating the use of injunctions that Marr would have breached the corporation's rules on conflict of interest if he had discussed gagging orders on air without disclosing to bosses that his own was active." A BBC spokesman confirmed that Marr did discuss the matter with his line manager.
To mark Remembrance Week, BBC Radio 2 is paying tribute to five young fallen soldiers in the Jeremy Vine Show, reports Cristina Odone in the Daily Telegraph. She says the series will feature a mother who has survived her son. "They remember the young men, fallen in either Afghanistan or Iraq, by playing their favourite songs. The music brings the soldiers back to life, however briefly," she says.
Gillian Reynolds in the Daily Telegraph reviews the extended version of The World at One on Radio 4, which now runs for an extra 15 minutes. She says the longer programme still didn't help her understand the Greek debt story. She also praises Archive on 4: The Rise and Fall of Robert Maxwell and says it's a shame the new Radio 4 schedule means this programme has lost its Monday afternoon repeat.
Revelations about the relaxation of border checks prompt questions about the immigration service in Tuesday's papers, as reported in the BBC's newspaper review.