Rupert and James Murdoch to testify once more

April 19, 2012

James Murdoch. (CBS)

James Murdoch, News Corp.’s deputy chief operating officer, was head of News International, News Corp.’s British newspaper arm, until he resigned in February. He will give evidence on Tuesday.

Rupert Murdoch will start his testimony on Wednesday, spilling over to Thursday if necessary. The evidence will be streamed live at the Levenson Web site.

Murdoch closed the News of the World tabloid last July after it emerged that its journalists had hacked into the phones of politicians, celebrities and murder victims.

Set up by the British prime minister, the Leveson Inquiry began hearing testimony in November, and is expected to make recommendations about the future of press regulation later this year.

This isn’t the first time Rupert and James Murdoch have given testimony in Britain over the phone hacking scandal: Last July, the duo gave evidence to a parliamentary committee, which was briefly interrupted by a bizarre pie-throwing incident.

The inquiry also announced that Aidan Barclay, the owner of Daily Telegraph, and Evgeny Lebedev, the owner of the Independent and London’s Evening Standard newspapers, will give evidence on Monday.

Karla Adam is a reporter in the Washington Post’s London bureau. Before joining the Post in 2006, she worked as a freelancer in London for the New York Times and People magazine.
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