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Topic - Colin Myler
News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch is unfit to lead his media empire, an influential group of British lawmakers said Tuesday.
James Murdoch defended his record at the head of his father's scandal-tarred British newspaper unit before a U.K. inquiry Tuesday, saying that subordinates prevented him from making a clean sweep at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid.
James Murdoch insisted Thursday that he had been kept in the dark about the culture of criminality at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid, telling a committee of often-skeptical British lawmakers that he had been blindsided by his subordinates.
James Murdoch is being recalled for another grilling before Britain's Parliament after former News Corp. executives raised serious doubts about his account of his role in the country's tabloid phone hacking scandal.
James Murdoch is being recalled for another grilling before Britain's Parliament after former News Corp. executives raised serious doubts about his account of his role in the country's tabloid phone-hacking scandal.
Convicted phone hacker Clive Goodman warned more than four years ago that illegal eavesdropping was widely used at the News of the World and its senior journalists had approved the practice, according to a letter published by British lawmakers Tuesday.
British lawmakers on Friday demanded James Murdoch clarify why testimony he gave to a parliamentary committee probing the phone hacking scandal conflicted with a statement from two former executives.
James Murdoch's former legal adviser and a former editor contested the testimony he gave to British lawmakers, saying Thursday he was told years ago about an email that suggested the rot at his Sunday tabloid was far more widespread than previously claimed.
Soon-to-be out of work journalists readied the last edition of Britain's News of the World tabloid on Saturday, as Britain's media establishment reeled from the burgeoning phone-hacking scandal that brought down the 168-year-old muckraking tabloid.
"I have always sought to be accurate and consistent in what I have said to the committee," Myler said.
In a statement, Myler said he stood by his evidence and believed ongoing U.K. police inquiries would "establish the truth" of his account.