James Murdoch's testimony to Parliament in July appears to have been undermined. ITN's Keir Simmons reports.
News Corp. CEO James Murdoch may be hauled back before the U.K. Parliament next week after ex-employees testified this week that he knew a lot more about the News of the World scandal than he let on the first time he appeared, euronews is reporting.
Chairman John Whittingdale said the Culture, Media and Sport Committee — the panel where Murdoch's father, Rupert, was hit by a pie at the first hearing in July — will meet again Tuesday, when it will decide "whether we may wish to call other witnesses that may include James Murdoch."
Murdoch testified in July that was never told about a key memo revealing that hacking of celebrities' and crime victims' phones went well beyond the activities of "one rogue reporter." But Tuesday, Tom Crone, the top lawyer for News International — the U.K. newspaper subsidiary at the heart of the scandal — and Colin Myler — the last editor of the News of the World, which the Murdochs shut down — told MPs that Murdoch was "mistaken."
Developments have picked up steam since in the wake of that contention.
A 16th person was arrested Wednesday in the scandal, which led to the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron's chief spokesman, Andy Coulson, who was editor of the paper during some of the worst excesses.
The Daily Mail reports that an unidentified 35-year-old man was taken away from his home at 5.55 a.m. and was "cuffed on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept voicemail messages."
Meanwhle, The Guardian — the paper that broke the story and has led the journalistic investigation — had one of its own reporters questioned by police who want to know how information from the investigation leaked to the public.
The Guardian said reporter Amelia Hill was questioned "several days ago" by police; in a statement, it complained that such interviews raised concerns about police seeking to "criminalise conversations between off-record sources and reporters."