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James Murdoch quizzed again on phone hacking

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News International chairman James Murdoch has appeared again before British MPs to answer questions about a phone-hacking scandal that led to the closure of the News of the World tabloid.

Murdoch oversaw the now-defunct Sunday title as head of News Corporation’s British newspaper arm but he blamed its former editor for not telling him more when he approved a large payoff to one victim.

Murdoch had been tipped as the favourite to take over as chief executive when his 80-year-old father Rupert eventually steps down.

Murdoch senior took the decision to shut the News of the World in July after it emerged that journalists had hacked the voicemails of a murdered teenager and several celebrities.