Prosecutors said on Tuesday Andy Coulson, who was Mr Cameron's communications chief from 2007 until January 2011, and Rebekah Brooks, who was courted by a succession of prime ministers including Mr Cameron in her role as Mr Murdoch's UK newspaper chief, had been charged with offences linked to the hacking.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced that the former News International staff and one non-journalist will face court on a total of 19 charges. Prosecutors said that among those charged included Coulson, who went on to become the Downing Street head of communications and Brooks, the former News International chief executive. Also charged were the newspaper’s former head of news Ian Edmonson and Neville Thurlbeck, its former chief reporter, Stuart Kuttner, the managing editor and former executives Greg Miskiw and James Weatherup. Also charged were private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who was jailed in 2007 after admitting illegally intercepting messages of members of the Royal Household, has since apologised to the victims of phone hacking. They are charged with hacking the phones of Milly Dowler, politicians David Blunkett, Charles Clarke and Tessa Jowell and a string of celebrities including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and Jude Law.