News Corp. Phone Hacking Report Targeted for May 1 Publication

6:02 AM PST 04/19/2012 by Georg Szalai

Members of parliament are expected to criticize Rupert Murdoch's conglomerate in the long-awaited findings.

LONDON - Members of parliament here said Thursday that they were targeting and hoping to publish on May 1 a long-awaited report into the phone hacking scandal that has engulfed Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., Reuters reported.

The multi-party parliamentary committee handling the report hopes to reach final agreement on in  at the end of this month, it cited committee member  y as saying.

The report is widely expected to criticize the conglomerate, raising the possibility that U.K. broadcast watchdog Ofcom could end up forcing Murdoch's company to cut or sell its stake in pay TV giant BSkyB. But it isn't clear how far the criticism will go.

Meanwhile, the Independent reported that Rebekah Brooks, the former CEO of News Corp.'s U.K. newspaper unit News International and long-time Murdoch confidante, could end up being charged with "perverting the course of justice."

Her name was one of 11 suspects in the first files handed over to prosecutors by detectives investigating the phone hacking allegations, even though the people in charge didn't disclose names, the paper said.

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