The phone-hacking scandal at News Corp.’s U.K. newspapers simmered for nearly five years before erupting on the national scene in July 2011 amid the discovery that journalists had hacked the phone of a murdered schoolgirl.
That fateful summer’s day, Rebekah Brooks was at a fertility clinic in London with her cousin, who was to be a surrogate mother for the News Corp. executive after several failed attempts to have a child.
Colin Myler, former editor of the Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World tabloid shuttered amid a hacking scandal in July, was appointed editor-in-chief of The New York Daily News, according to an internal memo.
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.
James Murdoch’s testimony last month to U.K. lawmakers about phone hacking by News Corp. journalists produced responses that he’d been mistaken, misled or just lied. This week he’s supposed to explain which of those it was, if any.
News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch is “not a fit person” to lead a major international company, U.K. lawmakers said, after his British unit misled Parliament about the extent of phone hacking at its News of the World tabloid.