News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch, who’s been asked to testify in front of U.K. lawmakers, is facing at least six investigations stemming from a phone-hacking scandal and his bid to buy all of British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc.
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.
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. acted as a “shadow state,” assigning reporters to investigate a parliamentary panel looking into one of its newspapers, in what lawmaker Tom Watson called a successful attempt to intimidate the committee’s members.
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.
John Whittingdale, head of the U.K. cross-party parliamentary committee that will question Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks this week in connection with phone-hacking allegations, said the panel may interview Brooks separately.
News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch and his son James as well as News International Chief Executive Officer Rebekah Brooks were summoned to appear before U.K. lawmakers to answer questions about the company paying police for stories.
Actor Hugh Grant and former U.K. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott attended a dinner to honor Nick Davies, the Guardian newspaper reporter who in July 2009 broke the first story that phone hacking at News Corp.’s News of the World newspaper might extend beyond a “rogue” reporter.