Rupert has admitted at the Leveson Inquiry that there was a cover-up of phone hacking, while carefully noting that he and James and Rebekah didn’t do it, nobody saw them do it and there’s no way that they can prove anything.
Lisa O’Carroll and Josh Halliday at the Guardian:
Murdoch, the News Corp chairman and chief executive, giving his second day of evidence to the inquiry in London, said he was “misinformed and shielded” from what was going on at the News of the World, adding that there was a “cover-up”.
Robert Jay QC, counsel to the inquiry, said there had been a consistent theme of cover-up during the phone-hacking scandal, and asked Murdoch where he thought this emanated from. “I think from within the News of the World,” he replied.
Murdoch said there were “one or two very strong characters” on the now-defunct Sunday paper who, according to reported statements, had forbidden people from talking to Rebekah Brooks and James Murdoch, at the time News International chief executive and chairman respectively.
Murdoch said a News of the World editor was appointed – referring to Colin Myler, although he did not name him at this point – “with specific instructions to find out what was going on”. “He did, I believe, put in two or three new steps of regulation but never reported back that there was more hacking than we had been told.”
ETA: Rupert was questioned by a representative of the National Union of Journalists about allegations of bullying of journalists at his newspapers.
When the evidence of a female reporter was read to him, Rupert’s response was, “Why didn’t she resign?”. Justice Leveson immediately jumped in and commented that it probably had something to do with her wanting to have a job.
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