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Disgruntled former News of the World employees are starting to anonymously gossip about the working conditions in Rebekah Brooks's newsroom. A lot of it is what you'd expect -- bullying demands for unwavering loyalty -- but the business of the reporter with the Harry Potter beat is just beyond the pale:
At Rupert Murdoch's tabloids, refusing to play ball meant being pushed to the sidelines. One reporter who said he went through that was Charles Begley, News of the World's Harry Potter correspondent in 2001 when Brooks was its editor.
The then 29-year-old reporter said he wore a Harry Potter costume to work and officially changed his name to that of the fictional boy wizard, all part of the paper's attempt to tap into the Pottermania sweeping both sides of the Atlantic.
On Sept. 11, hours after the fall of the Twin Towers, Begley was stunned to be chewed out by News of the World management for not wearing his costume. He said he was then ordered to attend the next news meeting in full Potter regalia.
Shaken by the demand, Begley never showed up, and soon afterward parted ways with the paper.
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The husband of former News of the World editor and Murdoch lieutenant Rebekah Brooks tried to claim possession of a computer, papers and cellphone discarded in a trashcan near her home today.
He claims it is his computer, not hers, and that he "left the bag with a friend" who "dropped it in the wrong part of the garage" where the bin is. Someone handed it in to garage security, which gave it to police. From The Guardian:
Detectives are examining a computer, paperwork and a phone found in a bin near the riverside London home of Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International. ... It is understood the bag was handed into security at around 3pm and that shortly afterwards, Brooks's husband, Charlie, arrived and tried to reclaim it. He was unable to prove the bag was his and the security guard refused to release it.
Losing your computer in the trash immediately after your wife's arrest on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications? Really?
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