21 Nov 2012

Hacking inquiry leads to bribery charges

10:19 am on 21 November 2012

Two central figures in the British media phone-hacking scandal are to be charged in connection with bribes paid to police and public officials in exchange for information.

Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks are both former editors of the now-defunct Sunday newspaper The News of the World.

Along with three others, they will be charged with conspiring to commit misconduct in public office.

One of the items reportedly paid for was a phone directory said to have contained contact details for the Royal Family and members of the royal household.

Mr Coulson says he denies the accusations and will fight the charges in court.