Murdochs Summoned to Parliament
Plus, the latest on the phone hacking scandal
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2011 10:33 AM CDT
Chairman of News Corporation Rupert Murdoch, left, and Chief executive of News International Rebekah Brooks as they leave his residence in central London, July 10, 2011.   (AP Photo/Ian Nicholson)

(Newser) – Rupert Murdoch, son James, and News International CEO Rebekah Brooks have been asked to appear before British Parliament. The trio will answer questions about the News of the World phone hacking scandal should they show up one week from today; the summoning is not binding but does ramp up pressure on News Corp, Politico reports. More:

  • The hacking scandal continues to widen. Five senior police investigators discovered their voicemail had likely been hacked in 2006, soon after Scotland Yard began its initial investigation into the matter, the New York Times reports. And the revelation raises some sticky questions, like: Could this have caused investigators to ease up on the tabloid out of fear their private lives would be exposed? Members of Parliament will question several police officials today to determine whether the hacking impacted the police inquiry, which was initially very limited, and whether those hacked experienced a conflict of interest.

  • Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown today accused Murdoch's media empire, specifically the Sunday Times, of hiring "known criminals" to gather personal details about his bank account, legal files, and taxes, the New York Times reports. Brown also believes the paper somehow got access to his son's medical records and passed it along to the Sun, a source says.
  • Meanwhile, more reports are emerging that police officers were bribed for information on Brown, the royal family, and others, and that money was spent to secure a copy of the Green Book, which details the queen and Prince Charles' activities.
  • In somewhat lighter Murdoch-related news, the Telegraph reports that the Simpsons episode that aired on Sky1 last night spoofed the scandal. In "Fraudcast News," tycoon Montgomery Burns buys up every media outlet in the town, leading Twitter users to note the parallels between the plot and Murdoch's plan to take over BSkyB.

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Jul 13, 2011 1:43 PM CDT
Anyone want to venture a guess as to which "news" channel isn't going to cover this story?
Jul 12, 2011 11:32 PM CDT
God--what a great week. All the insanity shown for what it is. That Rupert will have the Simpson's and Family Guy is cause he'd suck your blister for fifty cents. He's so nuts to make a buck that it's a certifiable illness. FOX news is Roger Ailes and so you get that brainwash mess. The rest is whatever will make Rupert a buck. As for is the hacking thing so bad--how hard is it to have news when you're tapping someone's private conversations? Sorry--I could have a billion dollar news empire if I cheated like that. Anyone could. The thing here is that Rupert is no genius, never did anything special except get born with a silver newspaper spoon in Australia and then he did whatever--whatever it took to make the money that is his God. Don't worry. He ain't so happy. Being addicted to accumulating money is a sad ass reason to live. Cause someone will always have more. You can't enjoy what it buys-- mainly freedom and security--you just care about the number on the balance sheet and will fuck anyone or anything to get it up. So to speak. He's been fucking everyone here for years. That fair and balanced shit that is such a con you gotta laugh and the Simpson's which I wouldn't miss cause he covers everyone's tastes are his greatest con. Now--the Brits are done with his cheating ass and I figure he's gonna go down no matter how many Americans think he invented the truth in a lying ass liberal world. If he could have made ten bucks more by having Ailes do liberal round the clock--Hannity would be fighting for taxes on the rich as we speak. I know that it's hard to accept that you've been conned and why most never do. That's why Ailes chose conservatives--they always think that someone's out to get them. And they never read a book so they never know a fact. Fair and balanced is the last thing that news should be. News should hurt--make you think. Not repeat what your dumb ass already doesn't know. Hey--you made a vicious monster even richer. What in the world do you know about fair? At least Rupert wants money. Viewers of FOX just want to be RIGHT ALL THE TIME. Reality is that sometimes we are all wrong. The news is just the facts, just the facts and the minute it tells you what you already believe--that's not the news. That's propaganda.
Jul 12, 2011 6:24 PM CDT
Oh mercy me.... a non-binding request to vist parliament! My stars! What do you British sweetie-pies do with crime suspects who don't have money? Steal a TV? Go to jail! Invade your nation's secured systems to harass people and increase readership? A polite invitation to talk to a bunch of Parliamentary pussies. Meanwhile, Rupert shreds all unsecured evidence. The world is going down fast at the hands of Republican shitheads, and all politicans are just hoping to cash in. WHORES!