Ex-WSJ Publisher Will Testify Again on Phone Hacking Scandal

12:34 PM PST 10/11/2011 by THR staff
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Les Hinton resigned as News Corp.'s Dow Jones unit CEO in July, and served as chairman of News of the World during the time illegal activity ran rampant at the paper.

Former Wall Street Journal publisher, and a long-time Rupert Murdoch aide, Les Hinton will be testifying on his knowledge of News Corp.'s phone hacking by British Parliament Oct. 24, it was announced Tuesday. 

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No additional details have been released regarding the agenda of the hearing, which will be conducted by Parliament's media committee, reports the Associated Press.

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Hinton served as executive chairman of News Corp.'s U.K. newspaper division, News International from 1995 until 2007 -- during the time News of the World is now under investigation for illegally hacking into phones. He resigned from his post as News Corp.s' Dow Jones unit CEO in July after news of the scandal broke.

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He has already testified before Parliament twice, both in 2007 and 2009, that he was unaware that hacking crimes had been committed outside of one of the company's reporters (Clive Goodman). However, new information and testimony from other former executives have called his statements into question. 

In his resignation letter, Hinton said he was "deeply, deeply sad" to be leaving, but also maintained his innocence in the phone hacking scandal, writing, "When I left News International in December 2007, I believed that the rotten element at the News of the World had been eliminated; that important lessons had been learned; and that journalistic integrity was restored."

 

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