James Murdoch blames underlings in phone-hacking inquiry

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Tuesday 24th of April 2012 03:13:49 PM
James Murdoch blames underlings in phone-hacking inquiry
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James Murdoch insisted Tuesday that he knew little about the scale of phone hacking by people working for the News of the World, as he continued his fight to limit the damage the scandal does to him and his family's media empire.

Underlings did not tell him how pervasive it was when he took over News Corp.'s British newspaper publishing arm, he said.

He agreed with a suggestion that the reason was because they knew he would put a stop to it.

"I think that must be it, that I would say, 'Cut out the cancer,' and there was some desire to not do that," he told the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics.

Former Murdoch employees testified earlier that they told him about the problem.

He was testifying before an independent British inquiry into journalistic ethics prompted by phone hacking at the defunct News of the World, once the flagship British Sunday tabloid of News Corp.

The scandal has reverberated through the British political establishment, led to dozens of arrests on... Source/Origin >> Read More

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