Thursday 14 December 2017

'No reason' for James Murdoch to quit, says Les Hinton

Andrew Woodcock

THERE is "no reason" why James Murdoch should resign as executive chairman of News of the World publisher News International, his predecessor in the post said today.

Les Hinton, Rupert Murdoch's right-hand man who worked for him for more than 50 years before quitting News Corporation earlier this year, was giving evidence by video-link to the House of Commons Culture Committee inquiry into phone-hacking at the News of the World.

Mr Hinton acknowledged that some of the evidence previously given to the committee by News International (NI) executives, when they insisted that hacking at the Sunday tabloid was limited to a single rogue reporter, had turned out to be "not accurate".

But he challenged MPs' suggestions that this meant executives had been "untruthful", insisting that events had become clear only over the past couple of years and the full picture of what happened was still not known.

And he told them: "I see no reason why James Murdoch should resign."

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