February 2010 (2010-02) – A Culture, Media and Sport select committee report finds no evidence that News of the World editor Andy Coulson knew of phone hacking taking place at his publication. It does however say it is "inconceivable" that no one apart from royal editor Clive Goodman was aware of it.
9 March 2010 (2010-03-09) – The Guardian reports that publicist Max Clifford was paid £1 million to drop legal action that could have revealed more News of the World reporters hacked phones.
11 May 2010 (2010-05-11) – Cameron becomes PM. Coulson becomes government Director of Communications.
1 September 2010 (2010-09-01) – The New York Times quotes Sean Hoare, a former News of the World reporter, as claiming phone hacking was encouraged at the tabloid; he also tells the BBC that phone hacking was "endemic" at the paper and that Coulson asked him to do it. Paul McMullan, another former journalist at the News of the World, claims that other illegal reporting techniques were widespread.
5 January 2011 (2011-01-05) – The News of the World suspends assistant news editor Ian Edmondson over hacking allegations. Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire claimed Edmonson commissioned him to hack phones.
April 2011 (2011-04) – Edmondson, journalist James Weatherup and senior reporter Neville Thurlbeck are all arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and unlawfully accessing voicemail messages.
April 2011 (2011-04) – June 2011 – Several claimants, including actress Sienna Miller and football pundit Andy Gray, receive damage awards from the News of the World.
4 July 2011 (2011-07-04) – The Guardian reports that the voicemail of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler was hacked by the News of the World.Rebekah Brooks was editor of the tabloid at the time but said it is "inconceivable" that she knew of the activity. Subsequent revelations include those suggesting relatives of British soldiers killed in action and victims and relatives of the 7/7 attack victims were also hacked.
6 July 2011 (2011-07-06) – Prime Minister David Cameron announces government inquiry into the unfolding scandal.
7 July 2011 (2011-07-07) – News International announce the closure of the News of the World, with the last edition to be published on 10 July.
8 July 2011 (2011-07-08) – Andy Coulson is arrested over alleged phone hacking and making illegal payments to police. Clive Goodman is also arrested on suspicion of making illegal payments to police.
10 July 2011 (2011-07-10) – News of the World publishes its last issue.
11 July 2011 (2011-07-11) – The Guardian reports two other News Corporation outlets may have illegally accessed records of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
13 July 2011 (2011-07-13) – BSkyB takeover withdrawn by News Corporation.
14 July 2011 (2011-07-14) – Former News of the World executive editor Neil Wallis arrested.
15 July 2011 (2011-07-15) – Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News International, and Les Hinton, chief executive of Dow Jones & Company, both resign.
17 July 2011 (2011-07-17) – Brooks arrested over corruption and phone hacking. Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson resigns.
18 July 2011 (2011-07-18) – David Cameron postpones parliamentary recess by one day. John Yates resigns as assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Former News of the World reporter and the first to allege phone hacking at the publication, Sean Hoare, is found dead at his home in Hertfordshire. Theresa May tells the House of Commons she has launched an inquiry into malpractices and alleged corruption within the Police.
19 July 2011 (2011-07-19) – Brooks, Rupert Murdoch and James Murdoch appeared before the parliamentary media committee in London for questioning.
20 July 2011 (2011-07-20) – Parliament committee report released, Cameron appeared in parliament and at 1922 Committee.
20 July 2011 (2011-07-20) – Matt Nixson dismissed as features editor of The Sun newspaper.
22 July 2011 (2011-07-22) – The Financial Times reported that the UK media regulator Ofcom had begun an investigation into whether the phone-hacking scandal may have changed BSkyB's status as the "fit and proper" holder of a UK broadcasting licence.
26 July 2011 (2011-07-26) – Graham Shear, a partner at the City law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner, lodged a breach of privacy claim against News International.
27 July 2011 (2011-07-27) – The number of meetings between UK Cabinet Ministers and News Corporation staff over the prior 15 months was released. It was revealed that Cabinet ministers had over 60 private meetings with News Corporation executives, or 107 if social events were included, in the period.
29 July 2011 (2011-07-29) – The legal team of Glenn Mulcaire issued a statement saying that Mulcaire had been "effectively employed" by News International as a private investigator and had not acted "unilaterally" when intercepting voicemails, but "on the instructions of others".
2 August 2011 (2011-08-02) – Former News of the World managing editor Stuart Kuttner arrested.
10 August 2011 (2011-08-10) – Former News of the World news editor Greg Miskiw arrested.
10 August 2011 (2011-08-10) – Director of public affairs and internal communication for the Metropolitan Police, Dick Fedorcio, put on extended leave.
16 August 2011 (2011-08-16) – The Guardian publishes a letter by Goodman that implicates senior staffers at the News of the World, including Coulson, in extensively discussing and covering-up phone hacking.
18 August 2011 (2011-08-18) – Former News of the World US editor James Desborough arrested.
18 August 2011 (2011-08-18) – The Independent Glenn Mulcaire suing News International. A private investigator jailed over phone hacking is taking legal action against News International, the company confirmed today.
19 August 2011 (2011-08-19) – Former News of the World reporter Dan Evans arrested.
22 August 2011 (2011-08-22) – (week of) News Corporation subsidiary Wireless Generation loses New York State contract for education information system provision.
30 August 2011 (2011-08-30) – Former News of the World managing editor Stuart Kuttner re-arrested and bailed until a date in September 2011.
2 September 2011 (2011-09-02) – Arrest of a 30-year-old man, whom The Guardian identified as Ross Hall, a former reporter for News of the World who wrote under the pen name of Ross Hindley.
6 September 2011 (2011-09-06) – Daniel Cloke, Jonathan Chapman, Colin Myler and Tom Crone are questioned by the Committee for Media, Culture and Sports. Leveson inquiry has first hearing.
7 September 2011 (2011-09-07) – Deputy football editor of The Times, Raoul Simons, arrested.
13 September 2011 (2011-09-13) – Australian Government announces formal inquiry into behaviour of the Australian media.
14 September 2011 (2011-09-14) – Culture, Media and Sport Committee decide to recall James Murdoch and Les Hinton for further questioning.. The Leveson Inquiry provides background, scope, and procedural plans for the inquiry.