Rupert Murdoch is to be invited to appear before a parliamentary committee for a fresh grilling over alleged illegal payments to public officials by the Sun newspaper.
MPs on the Commons culture, media and sport select committee, which quizzed the media tycoon and his son James two years ago about the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, voted on Tuesday to ask him to return in the autumn to answer questions over a meeting he had with more than 20 Sun journalists who have been arrested in connection with alleged unlawful payments to police and other public officials for stories.
Earlier in the tape, Murdoch tells the Sun journalists: “I don’t know of anybody, or anything, that did anything that wasn’t being done across Fleet Street and wasn’t the culture.”
The US authorities take a dim view of corporate bribery. It will be interesting to see how they react to the recording.