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Peter Jukes discusses the Phone Hacking Trial of 2014

Phone Hacking Trial

Allegations that News International journalists were involved in hacking people’s phones for information led to the closure of the 168-year-old News of the World tabloid in 201.

The scandal went to the heart of Downing Street with two of the Prime Minister’s friends in the dock – Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks. Alongside Brooks and Coulson was former managing editor Stuart Kuttner. Five others had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to hack phones before the trial began: private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, news editors James Weatherup and Greg Miskiw and reporters Neville Thurlbeck and Dan Evans.

Andy Coulson was jailed for 18 months – Rebekah Brooks and Stuart Kuttner were found innocent.

One man was there from the very start and ended up covering the whole of the trial – which lasted 138 days and cost up to £100m.

He is the journalist Peter Jukes and he’s written a booked about what was the trial of the century – called Beyond Contempt and he spoke to Jason McCrossan.