Giant scale of News of the World surveillance revealed
- 9 November 2011
- From the section Entertainment & Arts
This round-up of Wednesday's main media stories reports on further revelations by BBC Newsnight about surveillance by the News of the World.
A dossier of evidence obtained by BBC Newsnight from an ex-policeman hired by the News of The World shows the newspaper was engaged in covert surveillance on a huge scale, reports BBC News. Over eight years Derek Webb was paid to follow more than 100 targets. They included Prince William, Prince Harry's ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy, former attorney general Lord Goldsmith and football manager Jose Mourinho.
The Daily Telegraph adds that "while not illegal, the industrial scale on which the covert surveillance was carried out raises further ethical questions about the newspaper's conduct in light of the phone hacking scandal".
Michael Crick of Channel 4 News, who used to work for Newsnight, says they have found 153 names on lists compiled by Derek Webb. On his blog he names these public figures who range from Ainsley Harriott to Lulu.
The Advertising Standards Authority has banned a perfume advert featuring teenage actress Dakota Fanning saying it could be seen to sexualise a child, reports BBC News. The magazine ad for Oh Lola! perfume by fashion designer Marc Jacobs was likely to cause serious offence, it said. A month ago, the ASA took part in a Downing Street summit to discuss how children could be protected from unsuitable images.
The Daily Mail also says: "The actress is 17, but she looked younger in the magazine ad for 'Oh Lola!', where she was sitting on the floor with the perfume bottle between her thighs."
The Guardian reports that Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt personally intervened in a failed attempt to delay a Panorama expose of Fifa bribery before the crucial vote on the host nation for the 2018 football World Cup. It says John Ware, an award-winning Panorama reporter, told a Royal Television Society seminar that a government minister phoned the BBC director general, Mark Thompson, and told him it would be "helpful" if the corporation delayed the programme. Media Guardian says it understands the minister referred to was Hunt. The BBC and Culture Department declined to comment.
The Daily Mirror says Frankie Cocozza's dreams of stardom were in tatters last night after he was kicked off The X Factor. The paper claims the exit follows a drug scandal. Quoting unnamed sources, it says: "The cocky 18-year-old was axed after tearfully confessing: 'I've been taking cocaine.'"
The paper goes on add that his exit comes a day after his on-screen antics led to the show being investigated by TV watchdog Ofcom for glamorising alcohol and swearing on screen. Neither Frankie Cocozza or the X Factor have confirmed why he left the show.
Silvio Berlusconi's intention to resign as Italy's prime minister is explored in Wednesday's papers, as reported in the BBC's newspapers review.