James Murdoch faces new grilling on hacking next month: MPs

24th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

Rupert Murdoch's son James has been recalled to appear next month for a second grilling by British lawmakers about phone hacking at the now-closed News of the World tabloid, the MPs said.

In a brief statement, parliament's culture, media and sport committee said: "On Thursday 10th November 2011 at 11.00am the committee will take evidence from James Murdoch, chairman, News International."

News International is News Corp's British newspaper subsidiary, which owned the News of the World before it was closed down in July over allegations that journalists there had hacked the phone of a murdered teenage girl.

James Murdoch is expected to be quizzed over allegations that he misled the parliamentary committee during a highly-charged hearing with his father in July, when he denied knowledge that hacking was widespread at the tabloid.

He insisted he had not seen an email that suggested the practice went beyond the paper's royal reporter and a private investigator, who were jailed for hacking into voicemails of members of the royal household in 2007.

But the tabloid's former editor, Colin Myler, and its former legal manager, Tom Crone, contradicted him in their testimony to a later committee hearing, saying they discussed the email with James Murdoch in a meeting in 2008.

James Murdoch has consistently stood by his testimony and News Corp., where he is deputy chief operating officer, indicated in September that he would be happy to attend a second hearing in front of MPs.

© 2011 AFP

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