A damning report into the phone-hacking scandal at News of the World has announced several executives misled the committee.
The culture, media and sport select committee report has been published following months of questioning and investigation into News International over phone-hacking conducted at the now defunct newspaper News of the World.
The lead headline from the report, from the cross-party committee, is that Rupert Murdoch is not a ‘fit person’ to lead a major media company. Ofcom are currently undertaking tests to see if management at BSkyB are ‘fit and proper’ to hold a broadcast licence.
The committee are giving their final statements over the publication today. Some MPs on the committee did not agree on certain aspects of the report. Conservative members of the committee were not in agreement that Rupert Murdoch was not ‘fit’ to run his company.
Les Hinton, Colin Myler and Tom Crone were named in the report for misleading the committee. Hinton, former executive at News International was ‘complicit’ in the cover-up at the newspaper. (The text in red is direct from the report).
Les Hinton misled the Committee in 2009 in not telling the truth about payments to Clive Goodman and his role in authorising them, including the payment of his legal fee. He also misled the Committee about the extent of his knowledge of allegations that phone-hacking extended beyond Clive Goodman and Glenn Mulcaire to others at the News of the World.
Tom Crone misled the Committee in 2009 by giving a counter-impression of the significance of confidentiality in the Gordon Taylor settlement and sought to mislead the Committee about the commissioning of surveillance.
Tom Crone and Colin Myler misled the Committee by answering questions falsely about their knowledge of evidence that other News of the World employees had been involved in phone-hacking and other wrongdoing
The committee will now table a motion in the House of Commons to endorse the report. It notes that while no witnesses gave evidence under oath, they are required to tell the truth to the committee. It is likely that those found guilty of misleading will be required to give an apology in person.
News Corporation have issued a statement saying that they are reviewing the report and will ‘respond shortly’. Last week Rupert Murdoch appeared before the Leveson Inquiry and confirmed there was a massive cover-up.