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UK PM's ex-media chief Coulson jailed for Murdoch tabloid hacking

LONDON, July 4 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron's former media chief Andy Coulson was jailed for 18 months on Friday for being complicit in industrial scale phone-hacking by journalists at the Rupert Murdoch tabloid he edited.

Coulson, editor of the now defunct News of the World newspaper from 2003-2007, was convicted last week of conspiracy to illegally intercept voicemails on mobile phones following a high-profile eight-month trial at London's Old Bailey court.

(Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Kate Holton)