Sky News has admitted it hacked into emails belonging to John Darwin and his wife, the man who faked his own death in a canoe, and the email accounts of a suspected paedophile and his wife, but said the actions were in the interest of the public and amounted to "responsible journalism," BBC said.
In a statement, it said "Sky News is committed to the highest editorial standards. Like other news organizations, we are acutely aware of the tensions that can arise between the law and responsible investigative journalism. We stand by these actions as editorially justified and in the public interest."
Sky News said after accessing the emails, it supplied information to the Cleveland police who conducted initial review into the matters and how the emails were obtained.
John Darwin and his wife collaborated to collect more than £500,000 in life insurance payouts after making it appear John died missing in a canoe in the North sea in March of 2002, but were found guilty after their deception was discovered by police in 2008.
According to BBC Home Affairs Correspondent Matt Prodger, Sky News is now being investigated by Ofcom to find out whether it is proper to continue holding a license after violating the Computer Misuse Act.