LONDON (Reuters) – British newspaper group Trinity Mirror said its subsidiary MGN had admitted liability to four individuals who had sued the company for phone hacking, and would pay them compensation.
Britain’s newspaper industry was rocked in 2011 by the closure of Rupert Murdoch’s best-selling News of the World, after revelations some staff had regularly hacked into phone messages to generate scoops.
In February, police questioned the Mirror’s former editor, Piers Morgan, one of the biggest names in British media and a former judge on the “America’s Got Talent” show.
Trinity Mirror said in a statement on Wednesday that it admitted liability to four individuals who had sued it over alleged phone-hacking carried out “many years ago”, and settled six other claims for agreed sums.
It said the steps it had taken “were within those contemplated” in July, when it announced it had set aside 4 million pounds over the first six months of the year for covering the cost of dealing with and resolving claims.