Ex-Daily Mirror, Sun Staffers Among 9 Charged In Bribery Scandal
Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service said today that nine people would be charged in relation to allegations of illegal payments to public officials. Among them are former Daily Mirror journalist Greig Box-Turnbull, and ex-Sun staffers Graham Dudman, John Troup and Vince Soodin. Box-Turnbull is being called up on two charges of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office with regard to alleged payments to prison officers for information. The prison officers also are being charged as co-conspirators. Dudman is alleged to have requested the authorization of payments to one or more police officers and to have authorized payments to public officials in his capacity as Sun managing editor. Troup is charged as a co-conspirator. Soodin will be charged with conspiring with a police officer to commit misconduct in public office. The remaining defendants are a police officer and a hospital employee. All will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on September 5. The new charges come a few days after the revelation that Scotland Yard is actively investigating Sun owner News International (now News UK) for possible criminal violations related to the phone-hacking scandal and allegations of illegal payments. News UK is the British press arm of News Corp.
Dawn Airey Tapped As Yahoo’s SVP Europe, Middle East And Africa
Yahoo has appointed UK television veteran Dawn Airey as SVP Europe, Middle East and Africa. Beginning November 1, Christophe Parcot, who has served as Yahoo’s interim lead of EMEA, will take on a new role focused on expanding the web giant’s business in the region. Airey joins Yahoo from RTL Group. She has also held high-level executive positions at Five, ITV, BSkyB and Channel4.
Shout! Factory Inks Exclusive Deal For Werner Herzog Movies
Shout! Factory and Werner Herzog Film have formed an exclusive alliance to bring a library of Werner Herzog‘s movies to North America. The films, many of which have been out of print, are being re-mastered in high-def for new edition releases. The multiyear pact gives Shout! Factory digital, home video and broadcast distribution rights to 16 features and documentaries including Fitzcarraldo, Nosferatu The Vampire, And Of Silence And Darkness and Ballad Of The Little Soldier. Shout! Factory plans an aggressive rollout through physical home entertainment releases and a variety of digital platforms.
Documentary Harrow: A Very British School Coming To Sky1 HD
Sky1 HD is introducing a look inside one of Engand’s most prestigious all-boy schools. Harrow: A Very British School will delve into the classrooms and dormitories of the establishment that counts Winston Churchill and Benedict Cumberbatch among its alumni. The series was filmed over the 2012-13 school year and focuses on one of the 12 school houses and its incoming students, or Shells. The eight-part series starts airing in the UK on September 4.