7/7 relatives add to News of the World hacking claims
This round-up of Wednesday's main media stories focuses on yet more accusations in the News of the World phone-hacking investigation.
Families of 7/7 bombing victims may have had their phones hacked by the News of the World, reports BBC News. A solicitor representing some of the relatives said one family had been contacted by police and told their phone may have been hacked in 2005. New allegations have also emerged of payments to the police by the paper. The tabloid's owners have passed to the police e-mails which appear to show that payments were authorised by the then editor, Andy Coulson. MPs will today debate calls for a public inquiry into phone hacking.
The Independent alleges that Rebekah Brooks, the "embattled" chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's News International, personally commissioned searches by one of the private investigators who was later used by the News of the World to trace the family of the murdered Surrey schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
The Guardian reports some of the UK's best-known brands have announced they are reviewing their advertising in the News of the World amid a growing public backlash over the paper's hacking of Milly Dowler's phone. The paper says Ford, npower, Halifax, T-Mobile and Orange became the first to announce such action as pressure increased on the newspaper and those who advertise in its pages.
The chairman of the Press Complaints Commission chairman Baroness Buscombe said "words could not describe" how angry she was at having been lied to by the News of the World over phone hacking, reports journalism.co.uk.
The Daily Mail says BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten will announce "a bloodbath of the bureaucrats" this evening, stunning the BBC's "army of bosses". He will make a dramatic move to end the 'toxic' culture of executive pay at the BBC by reducing the number of top bosses from about 550 to just 200. The paper says that In the Royal Television Society's Fleming Memorial Lecture, Lord Patten will say the number of senior managers at the BBC should represent around 1% of the corporation's total staff by 2015.
BBC News programmes could be taken off air by strike action later this month, after journalists voted in favour of industrial action over compulsory redundancies, says the Guardian. It adds members of the National Union of Journalists working at BBC News have voted 72% in favour of strike action and 87% in favour of action short of a strike. The NUJ is thought to be looking at strike dates later in July.
The News of the World phone-hacking story features on all but one of the front pages of the newspapers, as reported in the BBC's newspaper review. Five carry a front-page photo of the murdered Soham girls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, whose families have been warned they may be victims of hacking.