Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. Will Wait a Little Longer for Leveson Results (Report)
LONDON – Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. and it's U.K. publishing division News International will have to wait a little longer than first expected to read Justice Brian Leveson's final report on his investigation into U.K. press standards and ethics.
The Guardian newspaper said the final findings will likely be published in November as sources close to the elongated inquiry said the wealth of material gathered from witnesses including Murdoch, his son James Murdoch, former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and the British prime minister David Cameron is too extensive to process more speedily.
The findings had been widely reported to be expected in October this year after the political party conference season.
Sources told the Guardian such hopes of publication next month are "unrealistic" given the volume of evidence and views gathered.
Leveson closed the public hearings of the inquiry in July after 96 days of witness testimonies on the behavior of the press.
The inquiry was first launched by the government as the phone-hacking scandal engulfed News International's The News of the World tabloid which resulted in its closure.
Leveson first heard the testimonies of murdered school girl Milly Dowler's parents Bob and Sue Dowler who had previously received a personal apology from Rupert Murdoch and $4.78 million in compensation from News International to settle claims that its shuttered tabloid News of the World hacked Dowler's cellphone.
Leveson's findings will emerge a year after the high court judge began public hearings with a star-studded cluster of witnesses including Hugh Grant, Steve Coogan and JK Rowling.
The appeals court judge promised to "produce a report as soon as I possibly can" saying he recognized "the urgency of the matter and the need to provide my views for the consideration of the government and all those interested parties speedily, so that decisions can be made as to the way forward."