Rupert Murdoch, his top newspaper boss in Britain Rebekah Brooks and his son James will all testify at a parliamentary hearing into phone hacking.
Brooks agreed to appear. Having first said they could not make next Tuesday’s session, Murdoch senior and junior followed suit after MPs summonsed them to attend.
Police probing phone-hacking claims at their now-defunct News of the World paper meanwhile have made another arrest, reportedly Neil Wallis, its former executive editor.
“I think, of course, there are big question marks about how News Corporation is being run,” said British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. “Why is it that people higher up the food chain have not taken accountability for what is emerging as an industrial-scale scandal in the way in which its newspapers were being run.”
Prime Minister David Cameron is under fire as his former communications chief was once a News of the World editor. But there was cross-party support for a motion urging Murdoch to drop his bid for full
ownership of satellite broadcaster BSkyB. News Corporation pre-empted parliament’s show of unity by withdrawing its offer.
The focus is now shifting from that British bid to the US with some members of Congress urging an inquiry to see if News Corporation broke any American laws.