Ulrika Jonsson on Rupert Murdoch, the Power and the Story: Tonight

Ulrika Jonsson has spoken exclusively to ITV1’s Tonight programme about how an editorial executive at The News of the World warned her about phone hacking practice and her experience of being contacted by the Met Police about it. In an interview with Alastair Stewart for the special programme in light of recent events, Ulrika Jonsson tells ITV1’s Tonight:

Ulrika Jonsson on the price of fame:

UJ: “Over the years I’ve been made to believe that there will be a price to pay for being in the public eye, and that price will be some kind of punishment metered out by people who believe that you have no right to any kind of private life.”

On discovering that she had been hacked:

UJ: “I was contacted by the Met Police on my mobile phone and they left me a number and said please call me back we have some very important evidence we want to show you. There were pin codes, numbers for my automatic front gate where I lived and the feeling that, according to these notes, that I was definitely being watched. Immediately my head started pounding. I felt… I really felt very sick. I felt immediately like my stomach was turning. I felt really scared – somebody’s been watching or certainly somebody’s been listening to my life.”

On an editorial executive at The News of the World warning Ulrika about hacking practice:

Alastair Stewart: “Someone high up at The News of the World warned you to be careful?”

UJ: ”Yes, someone warned me not to leave voicemails.”

AS: “An executive?”

UJ: “Because they can get those. They couldn’t intercept text messages but they can get voicemails.”
AS: “An editorial executive at The News of the World warned you to be cautious?”

UJ: “Indeed.”

Ulrika on the ‘dark side’ of The News of the World and competition among papers:

UK: “For me it’s always been a question of who can get the story first and who can put the most meat on the bones of any story – definitely without a doubt it’s a competition between newspapers.”
AS: “Because it’s a competition for sales and revenue?

UJ: “It absolutely is.”
AS: “Do you think the world’s a better place without The News of the World?”

UJ: “Actually, I would say that The News of the World did an awful lot of good. Unfortunately, underneath all that was a very, very dark side – but I think it’s very clear it was not just The News of the World where this took place.”

Rupert Murdoch, the Power and the Story: Tonight

ITV1 on Thursday 14 July at 7.30pm