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Scotland Yard Chief Steps Down - The Latest Casualty In News Corp. Phone Hacking Scandal

Reported by Ellen - July 17, 2011 -

The New York Times is reporting that the head of Scotland Yard has resigned as questions swirl about his cozy relationship with disgraced News Corporation executives.

This is just the latest bombshell in the phone-hacking scandal which demonstrates that the dangers and ramifications of media consolidation go way beyond what the public reads or watches or hears.

The Times also reported that Scotland Yard didn't just fail to adequately investigate the phone hacking (despite insisting that it had), but it also failed to notify the victims of phone hacking whose names it had in its possession.

In an article called Stain From Tabloids Rubs Off on a Cozy Scotland Yard, the Times noted that one of the excuses the police used was that News Corporation's News of the World's “complete lack of cooperation." But the Times also noted,

While editors were not sharing any information, they were frequently breaking bread with police officers. Andy Hayman, who as chief of the counterterrorism unit was running the investigation, also attended four dinners, lunches and receptions with News of the World editors, including a dinner on April 25, 2006, while his officers were gathering evidence in the case, records show. He told Parliament he never discussed the investigation with editors.

Mr. Hayman left the Metropolitan Police in December 2007 and was soon hired to write a column for The Times of London, a News International paper. He defended the inquiry that he led, writing in his column in July 2009 that his detectives had “left no stone unturned.”

Three months later, Mr. Wallis, the former deputy editor of The News of the World, was hired by Scotland Yard to provide strategic media advice on phone-hacking matters to the police commissioner, among others. Scotland Yard confirmed last week that the commissioner, Sir Paul, had personally approved nearly $40,000 in payments to Mr. Wallis for his work.

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