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Tag: phone hacking

July 9, 2015

Video of the Week: #PleaseNotThem

by Matthew Steeples

National Lottery make a cringeworthy advert featuring Piers Morgan as part of their #PleaseNotThem promotion

June 7, 2015

The class of Cleese

by Matthew Steeples

In taking on the repugnant journalist Piers Morgan on Twitter, funnyman John Cleese spoke for the nation

March 6, 2015

Mowbray Jackson

by General

Having once described himself as a “proud troll” on Twitter, this coat-tail hanging sort is often to be found in the company of the phone hacking obsessed bore Hugh Grant.

October 25, 2014

Brooks is back

by Matthew Steeples

Rebekah Brooks looks set to return to the fold   Few expected Rebekah Brooks and her husband to be acquitted in June but now it looks set to be the couple who have the last laugh. News that Mrs Brooks has spent the week at the headquarters of News Corp in New York this week … Continue reading “Brooks is back”

July 2, 2014

Paul Hammond: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by General

The Steeple Times asks Paul Hammond of wine investment company IG Wines: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Work dynamically, innovate, always be prepared to learn new things and be openminded.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. … Continue reading “Paul Hammond: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

June 30, 2014

Wally of the Week: Tony Parsons

by Matthew Steeples

Comparing phone hacking to Jihad is simply ludicrous   In yesterday’s Sun on Sunday, “warm heart[ed], acid tongue[d]” Tony Parsons ranted about the “waste of money” that has been the “assorted inquisitions into the newspaper industry”. Whilst much of what he stated is true, the way in which he linked this to the war on … Continue reading “Wally of the Week: Tony Parsons”

June 27, 2014

American masters

by Matthew Steeples

Two works from American galleries on display at Masterpiece   Business on the opening day at Masterpiece 2014 was brisk with one dealership, Symbolic & Chase, selling a 1912 Cartier corsage for in excess of $20 million (£11.75 million). Our friends at Apter-Fredericks, equally, were delighted to sell an important mirror in the first hour … Continue reading “American masters”

June 24, 2014

Justice for Brooks

by Matthew Steeples

Charlie and Rebekah Brooks cleared of all charges   Two years ago, in the bar of a Chelsea restaurant, Charlie Brooks told me that the charges against him and his wife would go away and today he’s been proven right

April 24, 2014

Hack off

by Matthew Steeples

Whining “victims” of News Corporation should accept that they are not the voice of the British public   In a letter to Rupert Murdoch, the self-proclaimed “victims” of what they call “unlawful actions of… papers published by a News Corporation company” attack his decision to sign up News UK titles to the Independent Press Standards … Continue reading “Hack off”

March 14, 2014

Phone home Diana

by Matthew Steeples

Diana, Princess of Wales gave royal phone book to News of the World   Revelations that Diana, Princess of Wales gave a royal phone book to the News of the World royal editor, Clive Goodman, in 1992 are not surprising but provide yet more indication that the whole phone hacking trial is descending into utter … Continue reading “Phone home Diana”

February 21, 2014

Ban the bashing of Brooks

by Matthew Steeples

Rebekah Brooks sees off the first of five charges   I am by no means an apologist for Rebekah Brooks but, equally, I have repeatedly argued that she ought not to be the sole scapegoat for phone hacking. Yesterday, after the first of five charges in her trial was dismissed, a milestone was reached and … Continue reading “Ban the bashing of Brooks”

February 14, 2014

Piers’ problem

by Matthew Steeples

Piers Morgan questioned over phone hacking   For too long Operation Weeting has focused on Rebekah Brooks. Now, with the revelation that Piers Morgan has been questioned under caution over alleged phone hacking, Scotland Yard are finally starting to wake up and smell the coffee.

December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013

by Matthew Steeples

Thoughts for the year ahead   2013 has not been the best of years. We’ve lost Margaret Thatcher and Sir David Frost and the word “selfie” has entered the Oxford English Dictionary. The economy has not got better – despite the nonsense spouted on the BBC – and the slaying of Private Rigby summed up … Continue reading “Goodbye 2013”

December 17, 2013

Burying the phone hacking trial

by Matthew Steeples

The mess that is the phone hacking trial   The public have tired of the phone hacking trial and despite Stuart Kuttner, the News of the World’s former managing editor, being placed in the dock today and the paper’s former news editor being declared “currently unfit” to face trial, there is now very little coverage … Continue reading “Burying the phone hacking trial”

November 1, 2013

Seizing The Sun

by Matthew Steeples

James Blunt names a song after ‘The Sun on Sunday’   Coinciding with Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson going on trial, singer James Blunt has recently released a song named Sun on Sunday.  

July 4, 2013

Something and nothing

by Matthew Steeples

Rupert Murdoch’s comments on the police investigation into phone hacking have a degree of logic to them   In stating that the covertly recorded remarks made by Rupert Murdoch and broadcast on Channel 4 yesterday do actually have a degree of logic to them, some will suggest that we’re supporting an arrogant Citizen Kane like … Continue reading “Something and nothing”

June 5, 2013

I’m innocent

by Matthew Steeples

Rebekah Brooks pleads not guilty   Charlie and Rebekah Brooks appeared at Southwark Crown Court this morning.  

June 4, 2013

Connecting justice

by Matthew Steeples

The worrying similarities in developments in the cases of Oscar Pistorious and Rebekah Brooks could be very bad for justice   Two cases. Two countries. Two worrying trends. The cases against Oscar Pistorious and Rebekah Brooks might at first glance appear to have little in common but in reality they’re developing a lot of similarities. … Continue reading “Connecting justice”

May 2, 2013

Leave it out Leveson

by Matthew Steeples

The conviction of Stuart Hall and the case of Rolf Harris illustrate the damage that Leveson has done to the free press   The British press, until the onset of the phone hacking scandal, was generally celebrated for being free, inquisitive and in the main decent. Yes, indeed, there were bad apples but it truly … Continue reading “Leave it out Leveson”

December 14, 2012

The brilliance of Brooks

by Matthew Steeples

Our thoughts on the £10.8 million payout to Rebekah Brooks   Rebekah Brooks is a lady who is variously described as looking like Lady Macbeth and Merida, the animated hero of Pixar’s Brave.   Brooks is of working class extraction but rose to find herself in the company of the likes of Gordon Brown, Tony … Continue reading “The brilliance of Brooks”

December 1, 2012

The Media: Friend or foe?

by steepleadmin

Sarah Tucker shares her experiences on a panel discussing the outcomes of Leveson   Journalist and author Sarah Tucker was one of the panelists at a talk at the Richmond Literary Festival on Thursday evening. By chance, since it coincided with the publication of the Leveson Report, the panel’s discussion naturally focused on that. Here … Continue reading “The Media: Friend or foe?”

November 22, 2012

Kay Burley

by Matthew Steeples

Lancastrian Sky News anchor Kay Burley is the longest serving female newsreader on British television.

October 26, 2012

The “i” wise monkeys

by steepleadmin

Gina Miller asks if today’s “i” generation can still embody the proverbial maxim “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”   The hysteria and media attention around the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini has made me take note and observe “i” gadget usage over the last few weeks. The idea of people … Continue reading “The “i” wise monkeys”

August 1, 2012

Boris comes out kung-fu fighting

by Matthew Steeples

Boris Johnson hosts Rupert Murdoch at the Olympics   The Daily Mail and other titles are in uproar today. It has been revealed that the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has invited Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng, to be his guests at the women’s 800m freestyle swimming finals of the Olympics this week. … Continue reading “Boris comes out kung-fu fighting”

May 13, 2012

Nicholas “Nick” Witchell

by Matthew Steeples

This newscaster and royal correspondent reports for the BBC daily. He’s lesser known these days for having sat on a lesbian protestor who invaded his studio in 1988 and for having written a book, The Loch Ness Story, in which he declares his belief in the existence of the creature to be “quite unshakeable.” There’s … Continue reading “Nicholas “Nick” Witchell”

May 11, 2012

James Murdoch

by Matthew Steeples

Considered by many as the pretender to the fortune of his father, Rupert, the phone hacking scandal may have put paid to that. He dropped out of Harvard to start a hip hop label named Rawkus and even gave an airing to a then little known Eminem. Here’s a rebel, complete with two tattoos, who, … Continue reading “James Murdoch”

April 27, 2012

Rebekah Brooks

by Matthew Steeples

The youngest editor of a British national newspaper and a former wife of Eastender Ross Kemp. Educated in Warrington but now more likely to be found enjoying a day trip on a private jet to Venice. A true survivor who should not yet be written off.

Rupert Murdoch

by Matthew Steeples

This father of six is a media mogul who doesn’t back down. Faced with being labeled the prime culprit in the phone hacking debacle, he battles on. His second wife Wendi packs a mean left hook.

March 13, 2012

The horse has already bolted

by Matthew Steeples

My thoughts on the arrest of Charlie and Rebekah Brooks   Whilst growing up, at home, when my family spoke of “hacking” we were talking about taking the horses out into the countryside. Now, sadly, this term has become more associated with Rupert Murdoch, News Corp and a bunch of bleating celebrities than with a … Continue reading “The horse has already bolted”

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