After its establishment in July 2011, consistent with the Company’s public commitment to respond fully to the revelations of voicemail interception by former employees of the News of the World, the Management and Standards Committee (“MSC”) oversaw the collection, securing and retention of more than 23 million hard copy and electronic documents, and thereafter oversaw a review of these materials conducted by scores of outside counsel and consultants.? More than 200,000 man-hours were spent reviewing and analyzing millions of documents and transactions, at a cost of more than ￡70 million.
Under the direction of the MSC, a multi-title review was conducted into the journalistic practices of NI’s publications, notwithstanding the absence of allegations at that time with respect to practices other than at the News of the World.? Following that review, the MSC voluntarily provided to the Metropolitan Police Service (“MPS”) evidence indicating possible criminality in the form of apparent payments to public officials by employees of the News of the World and the Sun.? The MPS has publicly acknowledged that, had this information not been provided voluntarily by the MSC, the MPS might not have been able to obtain it under English law.? ?At the request of the MPS, the MSC did not conduct a full inquiry with interviews of all relevant personnel.
For over 14 months, an MPS investigative team was co-located with the MSC in secure facilities within the offices of NI.? The MSC provided the MPS with among many other things offices and IT equipment, including 24-hour technical support.? The MSC established a secure document-management platform through which the MPS could request searches for relevant material, and responded to more than 1,600 separate requests from the MPS for further reviews and information.? The MSC also assisted in the provision of witness statements to be used in the UK criminal proceedings.
In testimony before the Leveson Inquiry in July 2012, the lead MPS investigator was asked about the extraordinary cooperation provided by the Company through the MSC.? She confirmed when asked that it would be correct to say:
“whatever might have happened in the past at News International titles, the senior management and corporate approach now has been to assist and come clean, from which [one] might be able to draw the inference that there is a change in culture, practice and approach.”
The UK Crown Prosecution Service echoed this sentiment almost two years later by commenting during its closing speech in the case of?R. v. Brooks et al. that the MSC, in reviewing and disclosing relevant documents and information as set out above, had “do[ne] their job properly.”
 ? Leveson Tr. 7/23/12 AM, 15:19-16:3.