British Parliament Will Hear from the Former Wall Street Journal Publisher

Les Hinton, will testify about the News Corp. phone hacking scandal later this month

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Not exactly convinced by what Rupert and James Murdoch do not know, Parliament's media committee now has its eye on former Wall Street Journal publisher and ex-CEO of Dow Jones & Company Les Hinton, reports the AP. Hinton won't be flying to London for the session, but the committee will be grilling him via video on October 24. Hinton, who was the executive chairman of the News Corp. unit that publishes its U.K. papers, testified before Parliament in 2007 and 2009, "in which he said that the phone hacking was limited to one of the News of the World reporters, Clive Goodman, and a private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire," reported Variety in July when Senators Barbara Boxer and Jay Rockafeller pressed Dow Jones for hacking records. Hinton resigned his Dow Jones post that month shortly after Rebekah Brooks stepped down from as head of the News International papers. The AP says that "the announcement was made in a brief scheduling note emailed to journalists and didn’t include any details about what the hearing’s agenda would be."

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