News Corp.’s defunct tabloid, News of the World, paid a former London police chief as much as 7,000 pounds ($11,000) for writing articles on policing for the paper in a deal linked to the publication of his autobiography.
John Stevens, who served as commissioner of the London police service from 2000 to 2005, was offered the deal to write articles in 2006 and 2007, Stevens told a judge-led inquiry into media ethics today.
Stevens said he was initially paid 5,000 pounds each for six or seven articles that ran in the News of the World. His contract was renewed for an additional nine articles for 7,000 pounds each the following year. Stevens cut his relationship with the paper shortly after royal reporter Clive Goodman was convicted of hacking into subjects’ phones, he said.
“Knowing what I do now, I certainly wouldn’t have entered into” the agreement, he said. “When I terminated the contract with five more articles to write, I was throwing money away, but it didn’t worry me.”
The panel, led by Justice Brian Leveson, was commissioned by Prime Minister David Cameron after the News of the World was shut last year amid allegations that reporters hacked into the voicemail of a murdered teenager.