Rupert Murdoch May Give Evidence at British Media Inquiry
Last year, a phone hacking scandal forced Rupert Murdoch to close his British tabloid News of the World. Now a judicial inquiry into alleged wrongdoings by the British media may see Murdoch giving evidence.
Brian Leveson, the judge heading the inquiry, is expected to call high-ranking members of government and powerful media heads to give evidence. A source close to Murdoch indicated the media mogul would be happy to cooperate. If he is called, it would likely be in late April or early May, reports Reuters.
The inquiry has focused on the British media’s relationship with law enforcement, and will soon expand into the media’s relationship with politicians. British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he is willing to give evidence.
Last month, the inquiry brought CNN host Piers Morgan into the fray. Morgan, former editor of Murdoch's News of the World, was alleged to have heard a hacked phone message Paul McCartney left ex-wife Heather Mills.
At that time, the chief counsel for the inquiry, Robert Jay, strongly hinted that Murdoch would be called upon. After Morgan declined to answer a question about Murdoch, Jay responded: "Well, I can ask him [Murdoch] for his impression when we get there."