Robert Peston Panorama phone hacking investigation to air tonight on BBC1

Tonight’s Panorama Special, Hacking: Power, Corruption and Lies, follows yesterday’s guilty verdict handed down to the former News of the World editor Andy Coulson

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.