Downing St didn’t give Leveson full story. It has been revealed a cache of emails containing correspondence between British Prime Minister David Cameron and former head of News International Rebekah Brooks were not handed over to the Leveson inquiry. The Independent reports sources thought the documents, which include exchanges between Brooks and former News employee and then advisor to Cameron Andy Coulson, contained some “embarrassing” material.
“The contents of the private emails are described by sources as containing “embarrassing” exchanges. They hold the potential to cast further light on the close personal relationship between the Prime Minister and two of the media mogul’s most senior lieutenants.
“However Mr Cameron, as part of legal briefings he received before and after his appearance before the inquiry, was said to have been advised that the Brooks-Coulson emails were outside Sir Brian Leveson’s remit and so he did not need to offer them up to form part of his report, expected to be published next month.”
Meanwhile, The Guardian reports Brooks received a payout somewhere close to A$11 million:
“The exact figure has never been disclosed by the Murdoch company — whose parent News Corporation holds its annual meeting on Tuesday — but one source said they believed it was between £6m and £8m.”
Murdoch once said that Brooks was his “top priority” when implicated in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal last year. She was close to Murdoch, but resigned in order to draw some of the heat away from the company. Such is the price for loyalty. — Nicholas McCallum
Video of the day. With Nine locked in crisis talks over its debt, a bright spark created this video from Nine and Seven’s coverage of the issue on TV last night. No prizes for guessing which network claimed Nine’s management were “upbeat” about the future …
Front page of the day. Even when the presidential candidates come to town, the folk on Long Island, New York are more interested in how much they have to pay to catch a train …
Ten’s outdoor ads sale hits a snag
“Ten’s proposed sale of out of home ad company Eye Corp has hit the rocks, following a termination notice from the prospective buyer Outdoor Media Operations.” — mUmBRELLA
And I’m … no longer on 60 Minutes
“The surprise resignation of 60 Minutes stalwart Liam Bartlett after six years on the road will again fuel speculation Nine is clearing a path for Today co-host Karl Stefanovic to join the flagship.” — The Daily Telegraph
Johnny Depp’s next role: as book publisher
“Depp will help run a publishing imprint with the same name as his production company, Infinitum Nihil, meaning “Nothing is forever”. Already on the list of books is The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan, which aims to set the record straight on the songwriter’s enigmatic life and career and will be based in part on interviews with Dylan by best-selling historian Douglas Brinkley.” — AP