Tom Watson, whose grilling of Rupert Murdoch was some of the best questioning by a lawmaker that I’ve ever seen, is going to refer James Murdoch’s testimony to the police. James denied that he had seen an email detailing the extent of blagging at News of the World when he signed off on a huge settlement there. As DougJ noted yesterday, Former NoW staffers dispute this claim, so it looks like young James’ attempt to appear completely out of touch with the huge settlements News Corp was paying might lead him to jail.
In other news, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Justice Department is sending out subpoenas to see whether 9/11 victims had their phones hacked by the Murdoch papers. I don’t know if that happened, but the BBC is reporting that the FBI is wondering if Jude Law’s phone was hacked when he was in the US. I’ll bet money that he or some other celebrity was blagged by a News Corp paper when they were in the United States, and my guess is that this happened in other countries, too. So there are going to be more investigations, and News Corp is going to be wrapped around that axle for years.
While those investigations are going on, News Corp is going to be thwarted from its real goal: expanding its TV networks. Yesterday, Australia delayed a decision on a News Corp takeover of a cable network there.
This is all via the Guardian live blog.