BSkyB external lawyers to check all journalist emails above board

BSKYB, the broadcaster 39 per cent owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, has appointed external lawyers to review the emails of some of its most successful journalists to check there were no signs of illegal newsgathering.

A BSkyB spokesman said yesterday the company had appointed Herbert Smith to review emails going back to 2005 in areas where news was broken outside of the normal diary agenda.

“There has been no suggestion of any impropriety at Sky News,” the spokesman said.

Murdoch’s empire and other media came under further scrutiny at yesterday’s hearings at the Levenson inquiry, when actor Hugh Grant said the tabloid press’s “main tactic [has been] bullying, intimidation and blackmail” over the last few decades.