Murdoch recalled to give evidence to UK MPs

Tuesday 09 July 2013 17.06
Rupert Murdoch has been recalled to give evidence to UK MPs
Rupert Murdoch has been recalled to give evidence to UK MPs

Rupert Murdoch has been recalled to give evidence to UK MPs after a recording emerged of him apparently venting his anger about police investigations into phone-hacking and payments to officials.

The Commons Culture Media and Sport Committee will ask the mogul to appear before it again to discuss his comments, a spokeswoman said.

No date has yet been agreed, but it is not expected to be until the autumn.

The news came as London's Metropolitan Police said it will "fully assess" the contents of the tape recording of his comments in a meeting with News International journalists.

Mr Murdoch told staff at his Sun tabloid in a private meeting in March he had been wrong to help the police investigation into illegal tactics that he said the industry had used for decades, comments that sharply contrasted with the profuse public apologies he had given parliament's media committee.

Mr Murdoch, the head of News Corp and 21st Century Fox, had described himself then as humbled and appalled by the revelations of illegality and phone-hacking that forced the closure of his prized News of the World tabloid two years ago.

"The committee has voted to ask him to reappear in light of the comments he made to News International staff," committee chairman John Whittingdale told Reuters, adding that they had not yet set a date for the hearing.

The Sun meeting was secretly recorded and broadcast last week, and police told politicians they were seeking to obtain a copy of it.

"We are seeking to obtain ... the tape of the meeting during which Rupert Murdoch appears to have been recorded and we will then assess the full contents of that tape," London Police Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick told the British parliament's home affairs committee.