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BBC, 22 July 2011

Evidence on phone hacking given to MPs by News International chairman James Murdoch has been called into question by two former executives at the firm.

He told the media committee on Tuesday he had not been “aware” of an email suggesting the practice went wider than a “rogue” News of the World reporter.

But ex-NoW editor Colin Myler and ex-NI legal manager Tom Crone have now said they “did inform” him of the email.

Mr Murdoch later said he “stands by his testimony”.

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Phone hacking: ‘Humbled’ Murdoch rejects blame

BBC, 20 July, 2011

Rupert Murdoch has said he cannot be held responsible for the scandal at the News of the World, saying he was let down by “people I trusted”.

The News Corporation boss said he was not aware of the extent of phone hacking there and had “clearly” been misled by some of his staff.

His son, James, apologised to victims, saying hacking was “inexcusable”.

The hearing was the first time Rupert Murdoch has faced direct scrutiny by MPs in his 40-year UK media career.

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Paper review: Murdoch splashed across papers

BBC, 20 July, 2011

“Murdoch eats humble pie,” is how the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Express sum up the News Corp chief’s appearance before the Culture select committee.

Rupert Murdoch’s opening that it was the most “humble” day of his life also gives the headlines for the Financial Times, the Sun and the Guardian.

Tuesday’s events at the Wilson Room in Portcullis House make the front page of every single paper.

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0847: Laura Kuenssberg tweets:

So plan your day! Stephenson up at 12, then Met head of press, then Yates at 1.15. Then 2.30 Rupert + James Murdoch, then Rebekah Brooks.”

MPs to quiz Murdochs over hacking

BBC, 19 July 2011

News Corporation chiefs Rupert and James Murdoch and former executive Rebekah Brooks will be quizzed by MPs later about the phone-hacking scandal.

The Murdochs agreed to appear before the Commons media committee after it issued a summons for them.

The MPs said they had questions over evidence given by Mrs Brooks and Andy Coulson – both ex-News of the World (NoW) editors – at a hearing in 2003.

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NoW whistle-blower is found dead

BBC, 19 July 2011

A former News of the World journalist who made phone-hacking allegations against the paper has been found dead at his home in Watford.

Mr Hoare had told the New York Times hacking was far more extensive than the paper acknowledged when police first investigated hacking claims.

Sean Hoare also told the BBC’s Panorama phone hacking was “endemic” at the NoW.

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Phone-hacking: Dangers lurk for David Cameron

BBC, 19 July 2011

When bloodless coups come about in dictatorships, often it’s when the head of government is away on a foreign visit.

But democracies bring their own dangers for absent political leaders.

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LIVE: Phone-hacking latest

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By Oliver Wright and Nigel Morris, independent.co.uk
Saturday, 16 July 2011

From l-r: News International Chairman and Chief Executive James Murdoch, News International Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks, Former spokesman for the Prime Minister and former editor of News of the World Andy Coulson, Prime Minister David Cameron/Getty Images; Reuters; AP

The scale of private links between David Cameron and News International was exposed for the first time last night, with the Prime Minister shown to have met Rupert Murdoch’s executives on no fewer than 26 occasions in just over a year since he entered Downing Street.

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15 July 2011
BBC

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Rupert Murdoch speaks to the media after a meeting with the family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

A “humbled and very shaken” Rupert Murdoch has apologised to the family of Milly Dowler in a meeting in London.

The chairman of News Corporation requested the meeting after it emerged that the murdered schoolgirl’s mobile phone was hacked by the News of the World newspaper in 2002.

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Rupert Murdoch apology to Milly Dowler family was sincere, says lawyer

The News Corp boss ‘held his head in his hands’ as he apologised to the murdered girl’s family over phone hacking

Matthew Taylor guardian.co.uk,
Friday 15 July 2011 19.11 BST

Rupert Murdoch has made a “full and humble” apology to the family of the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler at a private meeting held at a central London hotel.

The global head of News Corporation “held his head in his hands” and repeatedly told the family he was “very, very sorry”, according to the Dowlers’ lawyer Mark Lewis.

He was very humbled and very shaken and very sincere,” said Lewis speaking outside the meeting at the five-star hotel. “I think this was something that had hit him on a very personal level and was something that shouldn’t have happened. He apologised many times. I don’t think somebody could have held their head in their hands so many times and say that they were sorry.”

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16 July 2011
BBC

National newspapers are running a full-page advert with a signed apology from Rupert Murdoch over “serious wrongdoing” by the News of the World.

The advert states: “We are sorry for the serious wrongdoing that occurred.”

Rebekah Brooks, a former editor of the paper, and senior News Corporation executive Les Hinton both resigned on Friday over the phone-hacking scandal.

The printed apology expresses regret for not acting faster “to sort things out”.

“I realise that simply apologising is not enough. Our business was founded on the idea that a free and open press should be a positive force in society. We need to live up to this.

“In the coming days, as we take further concrete steps to resolve these issues and make amends for the damage they have caused, you will hear more from us”, says the statement, signed “sincerely, Rupert Murdoch”.

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At the start of this month, says the Guardian, no senior politician dared to defy Rupert Murdoch. Yesterday, all of them did, “and the spell has been broken”.

Rupert Murdoch gives up BSkyB takeover bid

After the biggest single reverse of his career, the News Corp chief faces an appearance before a judicial inquiry and a fight for the right to broadcast in the UK

Patrick Wintour, Dan Sabbagh and Nicholas Watt The Guardian, Thursday 14 July 2011

News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch leaves the offices of News International in London after withdrawing his bid to take over BSkyB. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Rupert Murdoch has capitulated to parliament and abandoned News Corporation‘s £8bn bid for BSkyB, as he faced the prospect of appearing in front of a judicial public inquiry to salvage his personal reputation and the right for his company to continue to broadcast in the UK.

After 10 days of sustained public outcry over phone hacking, and facing the prospect of a unanimous call by MPs to withdraw his bid for total ownership of the broadcaster, Murdoch succumbed at a morning board meeting in Wapping.

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Gordon Brown: ‘News International bought and sold people’s private innermost feelings’

Former prime minister launches attack on News International in the Commons, accusing it of law breaking on an industrial scale

guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 13 July 2011

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