News Corp.’s position that phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid was limited to a rogue reporter became “shaky” after the discovery of a 2005 e-mail showed the practice was widespread, Rebekah Brooks, the former head of the company’s U.K. unit, testified today.
Tony Blair offered to unofficially advise Rebekah Brooks and News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch at the height of the phone-hacking scandal in 2011 that led to the closure of the News of the World tabloid, prosecutors said.
Four former News Corp. executives testify in the U.K. Parliament tomorrow after questioning the veracity of parts of News International Deputy Chief Operating Officer James Murdoch’s testimony over a phone-hacking scandal two months ago.
Former News of the World editor Colin Myler and the newspaper’s former lawyer, Tom Crone, may face action over evidence they gave to Parliament should U.K. lawmakers decide they failed to tell the truth on phone hacking.
News Corp.’s external lawyer told the company the names of three reporters who may have been “intimately involved” in phone hacking at the News of the World newspaper in 2008, as James Murdoch discussed how much to offer a victim in an out-of-court settlement.
News Corp. investigators found evidence that more reporters participated in the U.K. phone- hacking and bribery scandal and informed the police, who arrested one person last week, according to two people familiar with the probe.
Tom Crone, the former top lawyer for News Corp.’s U.K. unit, was arrested by London police probing phone-hacking at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid, according to a person familiar with the matter.
News Corp. Deputy Chief Operating Officer James Murdoch was asked to testify for a second time on phone hacking to the U.K. Parliament’s Culture Committee after former employees challenged statements he made to the panel.