Editor Resigns Over Royal Phone-tap Row

Phil Simms writes: News of the World Editor Andy Coulson has resigned following the imprisonment of Royal Editor Clive Goodman. Goodman has been jailed for four months for plotting to intercept voicemail messages left for royal aides. Clive Goodman, 49, of Putney, London, tapped some four hundred messages, the Old Bailey heard. Glenn Mulcaire, 36, of Sutton, Surrey, was jailed for six months after pleading guilty to the same charge. The paper's editor Andy Coulson later resigned, saying he took responsibility for the scandal. Judge Mr Justice Gross told Goodman "This was low conduct, reprehensible in the extreme. "The case was not about press freedom," he said. "It is about grave, inexcusable and illegal invasion of privacy."