LONDON. A News of the World reporter at the heart of the phone hacking scandal is taking the defunct tabloid's publishers to an employment tribunal, claiming he was a whistleblower.
Neville Thurlbeck, the paper's former chief reporter, claims he was unfairly dismissed by Rupert Murdoch's News International. A preliminary employment tribunal hearing in London is scheduled for tomorrow.
News International said: ''We will vigorously contest this case.''
Thurlbeck was arrested in April on suspicion of intercepting mobile phone voicemail messages but remained on the payroll of the paper until recently.
His name was on an email that is central to claims that knowledge of phone hacking was widespread.