Committee asks News Corp. chairman to explain bribery comments
The committee invited Murdoch to clarify his remarks to the Sun staff, in which the media mogul acknowledges he knew about the illegal happenings that invoked the News Corp. hacking scandal over two years ago.
“Mr. Murdoch welcomes the opportunity to return to the Select Committee and answer their questions. He looks forward to clearing up any misconceptions as soon as possible,” News Corp. said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
The 82 year-old came under fire last Wednesday after the secret tape was released by Exaro News.
“We’re talking about payments for news tips from cops: that’s been going on a hundred years, absolutely,” Murdoch reportedly said. “You didn’t instigate it.”
News Corp. later denied Murdoch’s knowledge of the tabloid bribes.
“Mr. Murdoch never knew of payments made by Sun staff to police before News Corp. disclosed that to U.K. Authorities. Furthermore, he never said he knew of payments. It’s absolutely false to suggest otherwise,” the company statement read.
Jessica Bridges-Palmer, an official for the House of Commons Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport, said earlier Tuesday that Murdoch invited to discuss the comments made to his employees.
“We haven’t summoned him, we’ve invited him,” Bridges told Variety. “It was simply driven by the publication of recorded comments he made to his employees.”
Bridges later responded to the news of Murdoch agreeing to testify with a simple “Excellent!”
Murdoch is expected to appear at this week’s Sun Valley mogul conference in Idaho.