Hugh Grant battles with NotW in interviews


2:50 pm - July 5th 2011

by Sunny Hundal    


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Today, BBC 5 Live and Radio 4 both featured the actor Hugh Grant talking about the NotW phone-hacking scandal.

Grant had his own phone hacked of course, and got his own back partly by secretly recording a former NotW journalist and getting his confession on tape.

On Radio 4, Grant said: “Brooks & Coulson are either the worst editors in history of the world or they’re liars.”

Listen (3 min)
Hugh Grant on The World at One @BBCRadio4 (mp3)

On 5 Live, Hugh Grant discussed with the former News of the World journalist Paul McMullan, who he secretly recorded talking about phone hacking earlier.
Interview from here

Listen (19min)
Phone-hacking: Hugh Grant on Five live (mp3)

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Comes to something when a two bit actor speaks more sense than the cowardly political establishment.

@1 Sally

What’s even more scary is when a two bit actor can become president of USA?

3. grumpsical

“Brooks & Coulson are either the worst editors in history of the world or they’re liars.”

I much prefer: Brooks & Coulson used to be editors and are the worst liars in history of the world.

4. Left Libertarian

I can only assume that Grant’s ire at this has everything to do with principle and nothing to do with the fact that the redtops accurately reported incidents of him buying a prostitute and imbibing large amounts of Colombian Marching Powder.


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  1. Jon

    This is highly enjoyable. RT @libcon Audio: Hugh Grant, NotW journalist battle on 5Live http://bit.ly/kerdJ7

  2. sunny hundal

    Seems Hugh Grant is battling against NotW on several fronts today! His debate on Radio 4 and on 5Live: http://bit.ly/kerdJ7 #phonehacking

  3. Nemesis Republic

    RT @sunny_hundal: Seems Hugh Grant battling against #NotW on several fronts today! His debate on Radio 4 and on 5Live: http://bit.ly/kerdJ7

  4. Will van Zwanenberg

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  6. antigherkin

    Seems Hugh Grant is battling against NotW on several fronts today! His debate on Radio 4 and on 5Live: http://bit.ly/kerdJ7 #phonehacking

  7. Ed Allen

    Audio: Hugh Grant, NotW journalist battle on 5Live http://bit.ly/kerdJ7

  8. Nina_Simatupang

    Audio: Hugh Grant, NotW journalist battle on 5Live http://t.co/xS4WqJJ

  9. pam lorenz

    RT @libcon: Hugh Grant radio interviews regarding NotW in interviews http://t.co/8LJWprc

  10. Free Hetherington

    http://t.co/43BFWH8 Hugh Grant (actor): "Asking Rebekah Brooks to clean up NI is like asking Hitler to reform the Nazi Party."

  11. Daniel Barnett

    Hugh Grant compares Rebekah Brooks cleaning up News Interntl to Hitler cleaning up the Nazi party on R4 http://bit.ly/jD6rtx at 1:25. Ouch.

  12. Gary Banham

    Audio: Hugh Grant, NotW journalist battle on 5Live http://bit.ly/kerdJ7

  13. David Smith

    Seems Hugh Grant is battling against NotW on several fronts today! His debate on Radio 4 and on 5Live: http://bit.ly/kerdJ7 #phonehacking

  14. milli tant

    http://t.co/43BFWH8 Hugh Grant (actor): "Asking Rebekah Brooks to clean up NI is like asking Hitler to reform the Nazi Party."

  15. Mags W

    Seems Hugh Grant is battling against NotW on several fronts today! His debate on Radio 4 and on 5Live: http://bit.ly/kerdJ7 #phonehacking

  16. TBP Portsmouth

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  17. Fredrik Carlsson

    For those of you who haven't heard the Hugh Grant interview yet. http://t.co/AFgo7qP via @libcon

  18. Roxane Farley

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  21. Politics Worldwide

    Funny how Hugh Grant is quickly becoming a national treasure. http://t.co/XgKc8nl

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  23. J. Gunner

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  24. News of The World axed following phone hacking revelations, David Cameron under pressure to distance himself from Rebekah Brooks, and Ed Miliband on repeat: round up of political blogs for 2 – 8 July | British Politics and Policy at LSE

    […] The Staggers suggests that the tabloid’s behaviour marks a new low in the whole phone hacking saga, as Liberal Conspiracy reveals how little coverage the Murdoch-owned Sun newspaper gave to the story. Left Foot Forward also notes that other tabloids have been virtually silent. Angry Mob argues that the latest revelations are a timely wake-up call to the state of media ethics in the UK, and Hugh Grant gave some lively interviews on the subject. […]

  25. Jordan Millward

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