Tom Bradby: "I told [Princes William and Harry] what I thought was going on and suggested it might be a good idea to talk to the police. They did. And an avalanche was triggered. Five months later, Clive Goodman was arrested. So how did I know that this might be the answer? Because, as ITV’s Royal Correspondent (a post I held a few years previously) I had heard that this was an absolutely routine way of doing business in tabloid newspapers. In fact, during the Diana years phone hacking was the least of it. How did the squidgygate tape (in which Diana shared intimacies with a lover) get recorded and find itself into the public domain? And what about the tape in which we heard Charles asking Camilla if he could be re-incarnated as her tampax? One can only suspect that someone, somewhere did a lot worse than hacking voice messages."
"Interviews with three more former journalists and published accounts suggest that [the News of the World] engaged in a pattern of payoffs aimed at rival newspaper employees. ... Although accusations that the paper hacked into phones and corrupted police officers to win scoops have been widely aired, the paper's efforts to subvert rival newspaper employees have seen less attention."
"As some Murdoch-owned media properties chose to minimize the unfolding scandal, [The Bugle producer Chris] Skinner and the pair of comedians behind the podcast, Andy Zaltzman and John Oliver, went straight for the jugular. The Bugle, among the most popular comedy podcasts in Britain with roughly 400,000 weekly downloads, spent three weeks hammering their corporate owners, News International, and Mr. Murdoch himself."
"the FBI, U.S. Customs, and other American law-enforcement agencies have been wary for years about sharing details of some transatlantic criminal investigations for fear they would end up slapped on the front page of News of the World, The Sun, and other newspapers at the heart of the scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, several U.S. officials tell The Daily Beast."
Nice antimated timeline of Twitter reactions to the News of the World scandal.
"Press Gazette has seen unofficial industry estimates for the following NoW splash stories: "Crouch Beds £800 teen hooker" (8/8/10), "Cheating Roo beds hooker" (5/9/10), "Toon star's cocaine and sex orgy" (7/11/10), "Matt's a cheating sex addict (24/11/10) and "I bedded Roo's Man U team mate" (27/4/11). According to the estimates, "Cheating Roo beds hooker" - the story about Wayne Rooney cheating on his pregnant wife with a prostitute in a hotel room - was the only story to achieve a substantial week-on-week sales uplift. The other editions were either flat or slightly down week on week."
"Mail Online is not yet making a profit but it could be making serious money within a few years – a notion which would have seemed far-fetched only 18 months ago. The huge size of its ever-increasing audience is becoming attractive to advertisers. Mail Online tailors its advertising to regular users whose "cookies" it recognises from visits to other Mail group websites. Users are broken down into more than 700 separate categories, and every regular visitor receives different, targeted advertising."
"[For] Rupert Murdoch the internet is so over. Without any inbound or outbound links, and invisible to Google and other search engines, the NotW, Times and Sunday Times don’t really have internet sites – but digitally delivered editions."
The New York Times Magazine's big piece on the News of the World phone hacking scandal ...
"News International is to put News of the World content behind a paywall by October, with The Sun to follow. News of the World’s transition to a paid content model will hinge on exclusive video content, distributed across an overhauled site and app."
NOTW blog asks: "What's your view on the Max Mosley case?"
"Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers, including the News of the World, The Times and The Sun, are expected to accelerate their push into online journalism under the media mogul's 34-year-old son, James."
"I think we are the only newspaper that overtly markets itself as paper, online and mobile. It's the combination of those three things which is the really important result. We do not look in isolation around newspaper circulation; that's just one element.
"The Financial Times has learnt that News International is seeking huge new premises in London for its four national newspapers: The Times, The Sun, the News of the World and The Sunday Times."