Britain phone hacking: Key figures testify
Key figures in Britain's phone hacking scandal face questioning Tuesday from lawmakers seeking to uncover the extent of criminality at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid. Here is a list of those scheduled to testify:
Rupert Murdoch: The 80-year-old chief executive officer of New York-based News Corp., whose media empire spans Asia, Europe, the United States and Latin America. He has apologized for the phone hacking scandal, but is facing harsh criticism after decades of commercial success. His influence over British politics has long been a source of controversy, and his tabloid newspapers have reveled in the misdeeds of others with salacious photos and pun-packed headlines.
James Murdoch: The 38-year-old son and heir apparent has been chairman and CEO of News Corp.'s European and Asian operations since 2007, and later became deputy chief operating officer of the company. He did not directly oversee the now-closed News of the World tabloid, where phone hacking of celebrities and others occurred, but he approved payments to some of the paper's most prominent hacking victims. He now says he "did not have a complete picture" when he approved the payouts.
Rebekah Brooks: The 43-year-old former head of Murdoch's British newspapers was arrested Sunday in the phone hacking investigation after resigning on Friday. She was a loyal lieutenant of Murdoch and served as editor of the News of the World for part of the time when the tabloid's journalists hacked into telephone messages. She dined with British Prime Minister David Cameron over Christmas, reflecting the world of power and connections in which she once moved.
Paul Stephenson: The 57-year-old resigned as London police chief on Sunday amid questions about his links to Neil Wallis, an arrested former executive from the News of the World whom police had employed as a media consultant. Stephenson said he did not make the decision to hire Wallis and had no knowledge of allegations that Wallis was linked to phone hacking, but he wanted police to focus on preparing for the 2012 London Olympics instead of wondering about a possible leadership change.
John Yates: The 52-year-old resigned Monday as assistant commissioner in the London police force amid questions about his judgment in the phone hacking scandal. He was long seen as a reliable investigator who handed Britain's most sensitive cases, including efforts to combat terrorism in London. But Yates also had ties to Wallis and decided not to reopen an earlier phone hacking investigation in which only two people were charged. Detectives are now looking at 3,700 possible hacking victims.
Dick Fedorcio: The 58-year-old head of public affairs for the London police. The force says it wants the Independent Police Complaints Commission to look at his role in hiring Wallis, the former News of the World executive, as an adviser to the police. He is the fifth senior police official being investigated.