News Corporation boss Rupert Murdoch, his son James Murdoch, and former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks are due to be grilled by MPs over allegations of phone hacking and illegal payments to police later today.
It plunges News Corporation head Rupert Murdoch into the spotlight for the first time to answer direct questions concerning his knowledge of News International’s alleged phone-hacking on an “industrial scale.”
The select committee hearing comes a day after the discovery of the body of former News of the World journalist, Sean Hoare, who was one of the first journalists to claim News of the World editor Andy Coulson was aware of phone-hacking by staff. Police say his death is unexplained not suspicious.
The scandal goes right to the very heart of the British establishment with Prime Minister David Cameron under intense pressure for hiring Coulson as communications chief, despite warnings of his alleged involvement with phone-hacking.
Ten people have so far been arrested and Sunday saw the resignation of Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson with Assistant Commissioner John Yates quitting on Sunday.
The newspaper at the heart of the allegations, the News of World, has closed after 168 years.
It is now up to parliament’s media select committee to try and get some answers.