Rupert Murdoch ready to face MPs' questions again over phone-hacking recording
Media tycoon asked to reappear before Culture, Media and Sport Committee after tape shows him venting anger about police investigations
James Cusick is political correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. As an experienced member of the lobby, he has previously worked at The Sunday Times and the BBC. His career as a journalist has been split between print and television, including senior positions as producer with Sir David Frost and at BBC Newsnight. He is also an award-winning golf and travel writer, working for over a decade as the UK contributing editor for one of the USA’s leading golf magazines. He broadcasts regularly for the BBC and CNN. He lives in London.
Tuesday 09 July 2013
Rupert Murdoch has agreed to appear in front of MPs to “clear up any misconceptions” over a secretly recorded tape where he claimed payments to public officials were part of the “culture of Fleet Street”.
The request by MPs on the Culture, Media and Sport Committee comes as Scotland Yard's investigation into phone hacking and corruption announced it was also interested in the covert recording and was seeking a court order to obtain it. A statement released by News Corp said Mr Murdoch "looks forward to clearing up any misconceptions as soon as possible".
News Corp's global boss has been contacted by the committee and told a letter will be sent to him asking him to reappear to explain comments he made to Sun journalists, which were recorded and later revealed by Channel 4 News and the investigative news website Exaro.
In the recording made in March this year during a visit to News UK's London headquarters, he described payments "to cops" for news tips as a practice "that's been going on for a hundred years". A News Corp spokesman said: "Mr Murdoch welcomes the opportunity to return to the select committee and answer their questions. He looks forward to clearing up any misconceptions as soon as possible".
The Metropolitan Police's interest in the Murdoch recording was confirmed by assistant commissioner, Cressida Dick, during questioning by the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee.
She said detectives were currently engaged in seeking a court order that would give them the full recording.
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