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The trial of Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, two former editors at the News of the World newspaper, begin today. (BBC)
The trial of Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, two former editors at the News of the World newspaper, begin today. (BBC)

It's a big week for the press in Britain. Jury selection begins today in the trial of ex-News of The World journalists for alleged phone hacking at the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper. The trial centers around claims that journalists intercepted the messages of public figures.

Less dramatically, but perhaps more important in the long term, senior British politicians meet Wednesday to approve a new system of regulation for the newspaper industry in the wake of the hacking controversy.

The BBC's UK political correspondent Rob Watson reports.

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  • Rob Watson, UK political correspondent for the BBC. He tweets @robwatsonbbc.

This segment aired on October 28, 2013.

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