Cameron defends Coulson after new claims

David Cameron has defended his chief media advisor Andy Coulson after a new source claimed the former News of the World editor personally listened to intercepted voicemails during his time at the paper.

However the Prime Minister sidestepped the issue of phone-hacking in an interview with Channel 4 News.

“No one is unsackable,” he said. “But we haven’t had one single complaint about how he has done his job. I say you should judge people on the jobs that they do.”

Critics have demanded that Coulson should be forced to stand down after an unidentified former NoW executive told the programme that Coulson used to be involved in reporters’ use of phone-hacking.

The source said: “Sometimes, they would say: ‘We’ve got a recording’ and Andy would say: ‘OK, bring it into my office and play it to me’ or ‘bring me, email me a transcript of it’.”

Cameron also insisted Rupert Murdoch was not the 24th member of his cabinet. “I’ve had my fights with News International newspapers and Sky News,” he said.

(Source: MediaGuardian)

This article appears in issue 255 of Media Digest.

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