A Panorama special on the hacking story has been parachuted into tonight’s BBC1 schedule.
The hour-long programme, Hacking: Power, Corruption and Lies is presented by BBC journalist Robert Peston and comes after Tuesday’s verdicts in the long-running trial of key News International personnel.
According to the BBC, tonight’s programme “investigates the questions behind the phone hacking trial which saw David Cameron’s former spokesman, Andy Coulson, convicted and three other News of the World News editors plead guilty.
“Did politicians of all parties and police help to cover up the hacking scandal for years because of their own close relationships with Rupert Murdoch’s News International?”
It is believed that tonight’s show will include fresh revelations about the story which culminated in yesterday’s verdicts.
Coulson was found guilty of conspiring to hack phones on Tuesday and is due to be sentenced on Friday next week.
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks was cleared of all charges including phone hacking and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.