Murdochs to testify to British lawmakers

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Rupert Murdoch and his son James will testify to British lawmakers at a parliamentary committee next week after earlier refusing to attend, a News Corp. spokeswoman said Thursday.

"News Corp. can confirm that we are in the process of writing to the select committee with the intention that James Murdoch and Rupert Murdoch will both attend on Tuesday," the spokeswoman told AFP.

Lawmakers issued the pair with a formal summons to attend the hearing earlier Thursday after they refused an initial invitation to give evidence over the phone-hacking scandal that led to the demise of their News of the World tabloid.

Just hours later, they agreed to give evidence, bowing to fierce pressure from lawmakers amid a public outcry over the controversy.

There was no immediate reaction from the committee to the Murdochs' change of heart.

Rebekah Brooks, the chief executive of Murdoch's British newspaper arm and a former editor of the News of the World from 2000-2003, had earlier confirmed that she would give evidence to the committee.

© 2011 AFP

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