Thursday, July 21, 2011

Murdoch accused of giving 'mistaken' evidence

Hacking: Murdoch Accused Of Misleading MPs

James Murdoch has been accused of misleading Parliament over his knowledge of the extent of phone hacking at the News Of The World (NOTW).

The former editor and chief lawyer of the tabloid said they had informed Rupert Murdoch's son about evidence that suggested the practice was not limited to just one reporter.
Mr Murdoch junior told the Commons culture, media and sport committee earlier this week that he was "not aware" of an email suggesting phone hacking went wider.
But Colin Myler, who edited the paper until it was closed over the scandal, and legal manager Tom Crone have released a statement saying Mr Murdoch was "mistaken".
Mr Murdoch has said he stands by his evidence to the select committee.
James Murdoch, Chief Executive Officer of News International gives evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee in the House of Commons in central London on the News of the World phone-hacking scandal
James Murdoch gives evidence to the culture, media and sport committee
The issue hinges on a settlement paid to Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor in 2008, worth a reported £700,000, after he brought a damages claim against the NOTW.
At the committee hearing, MP Tom Watson asked James Murdoch: "When you signed off the Taylor payment, did you see or were you made aware of the full Neville email, the transcript of the hacked voicemail messages?"
He replied: "No, I was not aware of that at the time."
In their statement, Mr Myler and Mr Crone said: "Just by way of clarification relating to Tuesday's CMS Select Committee hearing, we would like to point out that James Murdoch's recollection of what he was told when agreeing to settle the Gordon Taylor litigation was mistaken.Read more....

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