U.K. lawmakers probing whether News Corp. covered up phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid are at least two months behind schedule with their report, as they debate how critical they can be of Deputy Chief Operating Officer James Murdoch.
Two-time European soccer champion Porto’s financing of a player signing via companies whose ownership is unclear is “a very serious matter” and requires an investigation, U.K. lawmaker Damian Collins said.
Fresh statements from former News Corp. employees including ex-tabloid editor Rebekah Brooks will help determine whether James Murdoch told the truth to U.K. lawmakers about what he knew about phone-hacking allegations.
A trove of documents and statements released by the U.K. Parliament in the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal implicates top former executives while contradicting testimony of Chief Operating Officer James Murdoch on what and when he knew about the illegal practices.
News Corp.’s editors at the News of the World Sunday tabloid discussed phone hacking in daily meetings, a former reporter said, increasing pressure on executives to explain when they became aware of the practice.
Rupert Murdoch, feted by leaders who feared the sway his media empire held over British voters, has been put on notice by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron that “the clock has stopped” on his influence over British politics.