MPs to quiz senior 'News of the World' figures again

The former legal manager of the News of the World (NOTW), Tom Crone and the paper's former editor, Colin Myler, today face questioning from the Commons committee investigating phone hacking, after Scotland Yard confirmed no formal charges were imminent in their own criminal investigation into the scandal.

MPs on the culture, media and sport select committee had been concerned that their probe into phone hacking was on the verge of being halted as police investigations throughout the UK intensified and threatened formal charges being brought against key figures at the centre of the hacking affair.

However, the Metropolitan Police's specialist crime directorate investigating phone hacking, will now allow MPs to pursue an uncompromised re-examination of Mr Crone and Mr Myler.

In 2009, the two gave evidence to earlier hearings of the committee, saying James Murdoch, News Corporation's chairman and chief executive, had been informed of the background behind an out-of-court settlement of £700,000 to a hacking victim, football boss Gordon Taylor.

In evidence given to the committee in July this year, Mr Murdoch denied he had been aware of an email marked "for Neville" – addressed to the NOTW's then chief reporter, Neville Thurlbeck. The email pointed to hacking being widely known to news staff and not confined to the jailed "rogue reporter" Clive Goodman.

Following Mr Murdoch's evidence, Mr Crone and Mr Myler both wrote to the committee contradicting his evidence. Questioning today, according to sources, will focus on "Who is telling the truth?"

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