Covert surveillance was conducted not only of the murdered teenager Milly Dowler, but the targets included Prince William, Prince Harrys girlfriend Chelsy Davy, former attorney general Lord Goldsmith, and Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe.
Over eight years, private investigator Derek Webb was paid to follow more than 90 targets, according to the BBC, which said a "dossier" indicated that the covert surveillance was conducted on an "industrial scale".
Murdoch's mass selling tabloid, News of the World, was closed down earlier this year following reports that Milly Dowler's phone had been hacked into for information to be used in sensational news stories in the tabloid. The issue snowballed into a major controversy, rocking British politics, the press and the police, and withdrawal by Murdoch's of his bid to takeover BSkyB.
The BBC was scheduled to broadcast details of the new revelations tonight at 10.30 GMT. Webb told the BBC that he was not ashamed of his actions and that he did nothing illegal. He said that shortly after setting up his own private detective agency in 2003 he was contacted by the News of the World and offered work.
Webb, a former police officer trained by MI5, continued to work for the newspaper until it was shut down in July after a string of allegations emerged about the hacking of phones, including that of murdered schoolgirl Dowler.