Murdoch testimony sparks row

Murdoch testimony sparks row

The row is over whether or not Murdoch — dubbed a “mafia boss” by senior Labour MP Tom Watson — was aware that large scale unethical and illegal practices were being routinely adopted at the now closed News of the World.

He has maintained that he was not aware, or was not made aware, of them by his colleagues. But former News of the World editor Colin Myler and the company’s former legal chief, Tom Crone, insisted that they had made Mudoch aware of the controversial practices while finalising an out-of-court settlement with Gordon Taylor, footballers union chief, in 2008.|

Murdoch, in his deposition before the Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee of the House of Commons yesterday, repeated his earlier claim that Myler and Crone had not made him aware of the practices.

In fact, he said both Myler and Crone had misled the committee. His line of defence has been that phone-hacking and other dark arts used to secure information for sensation news stories were a matter of regret, and that had he known about them earlier, he would have ensured they were not adopted.

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