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BBC Phone-Hacking Trial

BBC internal investigation finds no evidence of phone hacking among journalists

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By The Drum Team, Editorial

December 9, 2011 | 2 min read

A review launched by the BBC has cleared its journalists of phone or computer hacking, as well as bribery.

The internal investigation, according to The Guardian, was implemented as a result of the phone hacking scandal which led to the closure of the News of the World, however it was found that the corporation did occasionally employ private investigators.

It is reported that despite the findings, the guidelines issued to journalists by the BBC will be reviewed, with director general Mark Thompson said to have declared the findings as being very encouraging during a meeting of the BBC Trust.

A BBC spokesperson told The Guardian; "The BBC presented a report of its editorial practices and policies in investigative journalism to the trust following disclosures about the use of phone hacking in the British press.

"The review also reflected information requested from the BBC by Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. The review found no evidence of phone or computer hacking or bribery. It has however recommended some changes to the guidelines or guidance to strengthen these safeguards further."

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