James Murdock's Evidence to Culture
Murdock’s evidence given to the Culture
committee has been refuted by two News International executives.
Mr Murdoch told the culture committee he had not been "aware"
of an email suggesting the practice went wider than a "rogue"
News of the World reporter.
Ex News International legal manager Tom Crone and ex News of the World
editor Colin Myler both say they informed James Murdock about the
Mr Tom Watson, of the culture committee has asked the police to investigate,
David Cameron said James Murdoch "clearly" needs to answer
questions from MPs after his evidence on phone hacking was challenged.
Mr Murdock has confirmed he stands by his evidence.
In April 2008, Mr Murdoch authorised the payment of an out-of-court
settlement of more than £600,000 to Gordon Taylor, chief executive
of the Professional Footballers' Association, over the hacking of
He has said at the time he did not know the full extent of hacking
that may have been going on at the News of the World.
The News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator
Glenn Mulcaire had both been jailed for hacking into phones of the
royal household in 2007.
a separate incident, the board of BSkyB is to meet to ask Rupert Murdock
to stand down as chairman of the board. They stress this has nothing
to do with his evidence, merely that under the circumstances they
believe he will not have enough time to fulfil his duties as chairman.
The Sun features editor Matt Nixson had been sacked from the paper
in relation to an investigation into the time he was at the News of
the World. The management and standards committee of News Corporation,
the parent company of News International, confirmed it had "terminated
the contract of a member of staff in relation to his previous work".
On the same day the BBC said the FBI planned to contact the actor
Jude Law following claims his mobile phone was hacked during a visit
to the US.
It is alleged a story published by the News of the World in 2003 was
based on information obtained from his voicemail which, if proved,
could lead to charges in the US because his phone would have been
operating on a US network. News International denies the claims.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers has increased
the number of officers working on the hacking scandal from 45 to 60
officers, Scotland Yard has said.
The investigation into alleged misconduct by newspapers may be spreading
beyond News International. According to the BBC
the police asked three months ago for the files from Operation Motorman
which was an inquiry into some 4,000 requests by 300 journalists from
31 different publications for confidential information from a private
investigator, which in many cases had been obtained illegal.
The current police investigations are expected to last 5 years.
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