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Murdochs to appear at hearing

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Murdochs to appear at hearing

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London (CNN) — Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and his son James will attend a hearing over the phone-hacking scandal before British lawmakers next Tuesday, their company, News International, told CNN today.
The House of Commons had issued the pair a summons to appear after the Murdochs initially told the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee they could not attend the July 19 hearing.
News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch wrote to the committee earlier that he was “not available to attend,” although he said he was “fully prepared to give evidence to the forthcoming judge-led public inquiry.”
That investigation was launched Wednesday by Prime Minister David Cameron in response to allegations that journalists working for Murdoch’s media empire illegally eavesdropped on phone messages of thousands of people and bribed police.
James Murdoch, who heads the News International newspaper group, a News Corp. subsidiary, had said he could not appear before lawmakers before August 10 or 11.
Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, who is now chief executive of News International, had already agreed to testify before the committee on July 19.