The phone hacking scandal in Britain has calmed somewhat since the climactic hearing in Parliament last Tuesday. For the first time in over two weeks, The Guardian opted not to run a liveblog of developments as they happened, instead relying on some fairly retrospective blog updates from journalism professor Roy Greenslade. The Telegraph, which has also been fairly aggressive, took a similar step back with a profile on Daily Mirror journalist James Hipwell, who claimed phone hacking was widespread at his former publication, and a review of British chancellor George Osborne's relationship with News Corp. executives. In fact, Tuesday's most newsworthy events almost all involve other British tabloids and American broadsheets scurrying to do some damage control before Parliament sends out their next round of summons.
Daily Mirror's publisher launches an internal probe in phone-hacking. After shares fell nearly 10 percent in the wake of accusations of widespread hacking last week, Trinity Mirror is launching an internal investigation into the editorial controls and procedures at all of their newspapers, including the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People. The company has already called Hipwell's accusation and that of BBC2's Newsnight "unsubstantiated" but hopes that the six-week-long review--which has not been described as an investigation--will clear up anxieties from investors. In his reaction blog post, Greenslade doubts they'll find anything incriminating. "By contrast, there may be all sorts of claims about hacking having occurred at non-News Int titles," writes Greenslade. "But--aside from uncorroborated allegations by MPs and former staff (usually with an axe to grind)--there is no proof."