You will find the story in the Guardian. And you will find it in Press Gazette. But you will be hard pressed to find so much as a mention of it anywhere else. The story does not even feature at the BBC website. Thus most of the public are not told, remain in the dark. That is inexcusable. But it is the way in which the press operates - the BBC acquiesces out of fear and conformity - in order to protect its own from exposure.
Who it might be protecting can be seen from the Guardian report: “The publisher of the Daily Mirror has paid out more than £500,000 to settle phone-hacking claims by 29 people including the entertainer Les Dennis, presenter Natasha Kaplinsky and EastEnders actor Steve McFadden”. Not the Sunday Mirror, but the Daily Mirror.
Why is that significant? Simples. Previously, it was believed the late and not at all lamented Murdoch Screws hacked on an industrial scale, with the Sunday Mirror joining in the exercise, most likely as a means of keeping up with the competition. The Daily Mirror - and the Murdoch Sun - were supposed to have been well out of it.
What might he be doing here?
This is what Press Gazette had to say on timescales: “The judge heard that McFadden was caused significant distress by a series of articles which appeared between 1998 and 2009 and were the result of his voicemail messages being hacked … Articles were published about Kaplinsky between 2003 and 2009 ‘with at times serious and devastating effect’, said counsel David Sherborne”. And then there was the Guardian’s sign-off.
And his old pal too
Who might that be? Step forward appalling name-dropper and pretentiousness maximiser Piers Morgan, a man whose favourite subject is the promotion of Himself Personally Now, and editor of the Daily Mirror from 1995 to 2004 - when much of that hacking took place. He has, of course, claimed ignorance of such behaviour, although Lord Justice Leveson was not convinced of his evidence to the Inquiry into press conduct.
Piers Morgan and his pal Rebekah in the line of fire again? Don’t bet against it.