Jonathan Ross: 'My phone was hacked by non-News of the World journalists'

Published Aug 31 2011, 18:03 BST  |  By

Jonathan Ross at the BAFTAs

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Jonathan Ross has claimed that his phone was hacked by journalists, but not those working for the News of the World.

The TV presenter told BBC Radio 5 Live that police officers investigating the phone hacking scandal informed him that he and his screenwriter wife Jane Goldman had their phones targeted.

Ross said: "I know I had my phone hacked. The police contacted me. They told us that my number and my wife's number was on the list of one of the guys' information.

"And various friends, and my agents, loads of other people - people we'd been calling. It's horrible, it's a horrible feeling, thinking, 'Were they listening in? Were they playing back messages?'

"The reason why they came to us very early on, because they hadn't got any stories out of them, there's nothing you can do - you have to prove some damage."

Asked if any stories in the press could have come from his hacked phone messages, Ross said: "I think there might have been some stuff from that, but I think in other newspapers than the News of the World to be honest with you.

"I think other newspapers did. I think most people are aware that other newspapers were doing that. I can't say [which] because I can't prove it.

"But I'm pretty certain and Jane is, and we're hopefully going to find out one day, but at the same time some of the other newspapers have perhaps been a little more conscientious in covering their tracks."

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Watch Jonathan Ross talking to Richard Bacon on BBC Radio 5 Live about having his phone hacked below: