David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks will face trial over allegations linked to phone hacking in September next year.

The pair appeared at the Old Bailey on Wednesday with fellow former journalists from defunct tabloid the News of the World (NotW).

Ex-managing editor Stuart Kuttner, former news editor Greg Miskiw, former head of news Ian Edmondson, ex-chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and former reporter James Weatherup are also facing charges, along with private detective Glenn Mulcaire. Kuttner was excused from attending the hearing.

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Rebekah Brooks, her husband Charlie (second left) arrive at the Old Bailey on Wednesday morning

The seven former NotW staff face one general accusation of conspiracy to access voicemails which prosecutors say could affect up to 600 victims, along with other charges related to specific people.

Mulcaire is accused of four counts related to particular individuals.

Brooks, 44, from Churchill in Oxfordshire, is also accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice over allegations that she tried to conceal information from police investigating phone hacking and claims of corrupt payments to public officials at The Sun and the News of the World.

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Andy Coulson, former Downing Street spin doctor for David Cameron, at the Old Bailey on WednesdaY

Sitting at the back of the dock wearing a cream jacket, she spoke only to confirm her name during Wednesday's hearing.

Brooks, her husband Charlie, 49, her former personal assistant Cheryl Carter, head of security at News International Mark Hanna, Brooks's chauffeur Paul Edwards and security staff Daryl Jorsling and Lee Sandell are all accused of perverting the course of justice.

The provisional trial date is 9 September next year.

All defendants were released on bail.

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie Brooks arrive at the Old Bailey court in central London on September 26, 2012 in London, England. Brooks, 44, and six ex-News of the World journalists are appearing on charges relating to phone hacking at the now closed Sunday tabloid. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications chief, Andy Coulson, arrives at the Old Bailey court in central London on September 26, 2012 in London, England. Former News International chief executive Rebakah Brooks and six ex-News of the World journalists are also appearing on charges relating to phone hacking at the now closed sunday tabloid. Brooks, her husband Charlie and five others are also facing accusations of perverting the course of justice. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Neville Thurlbeck (L), former chief reporter of the News of the World, arrives at the Old Bailey court in central London on September 26, 2012 in London, England. Former News International chief executive Rebakah Brooks, former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications chief, Andy Coulson, and six ex-News of the World journalists are appearing on charges relating to phone hacking at the now closed Sunday tabloid. Brooks, her husband Charlie and five others are also facing accusations of perverting the course of justice. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie Brooks arrive at the Old Bailey court in central London on September 26, 2012 in London, England. Brooks, 44, and six ex-News of the World journalists are appearing on charges relating to phone hacking at the now closed Sunday tabloid. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

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    British Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire (L) arrives at the Old Bailey court in central London on September 26, 2012 for a hearing on charges relating to alleged phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid newspaper. 13 people facing various charges related to the phone-hacking scandal that shut down Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid were at the central London court. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

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    British Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire (C) arrives at the Old Bailey court in central London on September 26, 2012 for a hearing on charges relating to alleged phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid newspaper. 13 people facing various charges related to the phone-hacking scandal that shut down Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid were at the central London court. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Former news editor of the News of the World Greg Miskiw (R) arrives at the Old Bailey court in central London on September 26, 2012 for a hearing on charges relating to alleged phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid newspaper. 13 people facing various charges related to the phone-hacking scandal that shut down Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid were at the central London court. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Paul Edwards, driver of former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, arrives at the Old Bailey court in central London on September 26, 2012 for a hearing on charges relating to alleged phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid newspaper. 13 people facing various charges related to the phone-hacking scandal that shut down Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid were at the central London court. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: James Weatherup, former News of the World reporter, arrives at the Old Bailey court on September 26, 2012 in London, England. Former News International chief executive Rebakah Brooks, former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications chief, Andy Coulson, and six ex-News of the World journalists are appearing on charges relating to phone hacking at the now closed Sunday tabloid. Brooks, her husband Charlie and five others are also facing accusations of perverting the course of justice. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

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    Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks (C) and her racehorse trainer husband Charlie Brooks (L) arrive at the Old Bailey court in central London on September 26, 2012 to enter pleas on charges of trying to cover up alleged phone hacking. Brooks, 44, is set to appear along with her husband Charlie Brooks, and four other people also charged in May with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. The defendants will enter their pleas on the conspiracy charges in a hearing that will also handle charges of phone hacking against Brooks and seven others including six ex-News of the World journalists. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Rebekah Brooks To Enter Plea Over Perverting The Course Of Justice

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: James Weatherup (C), former News of the World reporter, arrives at the Old Bailey court on September 26, 2012 in London, England. Former News International chief executive Rebakah Brooks, former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications chief, Andy Coulson, and six ex-News of the World journalists are appearing on charges relating to phone hacking at the now closed Sunday tabloid. Brooks, her husband Charlie and five others are also facing accusations of perverting the course of justice. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

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    Greg Miskiw, former news editor of the News of the World, arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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    James Weatherup, former reporter at the News of the World, arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

  • Phone hacking claims

    James Weatherup, former reporter at the News of the World, arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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    Greg Miskiw, former news editor of the News of the World, arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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    Ian Edmondson, former head of news at the News of the World, arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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    Neville Thurlbeck, ex-chief reporter at the News of the World, arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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    Neville Thurlbeck, ex-chief reporter at the News of the World, arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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    James Weatherup, former reporter at the News of the World, arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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    Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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    Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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    Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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    Andy Coulson (fourth right) arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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    Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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    Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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    Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

  • Rebekah Brooks, the former chief of News Corp.'s British operations arrives at the Old Bailey court in London London, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. Brooks is in court to face charges connected to the phone hacking scandal that rocked Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. empire. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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    Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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    Rebekah Brooks and husband Charlie Brooks (second left) arrive at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.