Ian Edmondson

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Ian Edmondson
Born UK
Occupation Journalist, newspaper editor
Notable credit(s) News of the World, The People

Ian Edmondson is a British tabloid journalist. He was the news editor at the News of the World. Edmondson was arrested by the Metropolitan Police in April 2011 as part of Operation Weeting.


Edmondson worked for News of the World twice. Before landing his first position at News of the World Edmondson worked as a freelance reporter. He was initially hired by News of the World as a general news reporter. He went on to spent 18 months as the paper's crime correspondent before moving to rival tabloid The People in 2000 as assistant news editor. He progressed through deputy news editor and news editor and was promoted to assistant editor (news) in 2003.[1] Edmondson was hired to the News of the World editorial team by Neil Wallis, who was Andy Coulson's deputy editor in November 2004. Coulson promoted Edmondson to assistant editor of the news department in October 2005.[2]

He was allegedly one of Coulson's inner circle of executives when Coulson was editor of the paper, according to a former reporter from the News of the World.[2]

As the assistant editor of the news section, he was part of a clique of senior ranking staff that discussed 'high grade' and sensitive news stories privately after the official editorial meetings had taken place.[2]

He was reported to have been privy to most of the big scoops the paper published each week. His News of the World ex-colleague was the paper's former royal editor, Clive Goodman, who produced some news scoops which involved paying the private detective Glenn Mulcaire to hack in to mobile phones belonging to leading public figures.[2]

In 2012 he was appointed as Editor of Loaded Magazine.

News of the World phone hacking affair[edit]

Edmondson was suspended on 5 January 2011 after being implicated in the News of the World phone hacking affair.[3][4] He was then sacked the same month. Edmondson was arrested, along with his former colleague Neville Thurlbeck on 5 April 2011 by officers as part of Operation Weeting. He was later released on bail until September 2011[5] which was subsequently extended until March 2012.[6]

He was one of those on trial in R v Brooks, Coulson and six others, but when he fell ill the trial continued without him, he will be tried at a later date.

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  1. ^ John Plunkett (15 July 2004). "Coulson poaches People news man". Guardian (London). Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d James Robinson (6 January 2011). "Ian Edmondson was at heart of News of the World's operations | Media". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "News executive suspended on phone-hacking allegations". Financial Times. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  4. ^ James Robinson (6 January 2011). "Ian Edmondson was at heart of News of the World's operations". Guardian (London). Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Two arrested on suspicion of unlawfully intercepting voicemail messages". Metropolitan Police. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Phone hacking: NoW journalist abandons salary bid". BBC News. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2011.