Thursday 26 April 2018

Hacking probe

•In his final TV interview in 1994, dramatist and screen-writer Dennis Potter admitted he had a name for the terminal pancreatic cancer spreading through his body. "I call it Rupert," he said. Like a cancer, Potter believed that the advance of Murdoch's influence, infecting political cultural life in Britain and around the world, was inexorable and without a cure. But the phone-hacking scandal has changed all that.

The Levenson Inquiry begins its work later this month and, with the likes of Shami Chakrabarti on its panel, it promises a no-holds-barred investigation.

New aspects of the scandal are being uncovered by MPs, journalists and the commons' media select committee, who will consider whether James Murdoch had been "mistaken" in the testimony he gave last month about an out-of-court settlement paid to the FA's Gordon Taylor.

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