BBC TV news editor replaces Coulson

Andy Coulson, who resigned from his position as Downing Street’s director of communications because of the escalating News of the World phone-hacking scandal, has been replaced a senior BBC TV news editor.

Craig Oliver, who revamped the News at Ten and ran the Beeb’s election coverage last year, will earn £140,000 a year as a political special adviser.

Downing Street said that No 10’s relationship with News Corp, which owners, had nothing to do with the decision to recruit a BBC executive. A source told the Guardian: “Craig was simply the best candidate.”

Andy Coulson was editor of the News of the World when the phone-hacking scandal broke out. He fell on his sword back then too but has maintained that he knew nothing about the illegal practice taking place at the News International title, which has denied accusations that hacking was endemic among its journalists during Coulson’s editorship.

(Source: MediaGuardian)




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Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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