Hacking Testimony Challenged

Testimony at a parliamentary hearing on Wednesday raised new questions about the evidence News Corp. deputy chief operating officer James Murdoch has given lawmakers in an ongoing phone-hacking inquiry, a development that comes just days ahead of a shareholder vote over governance at the company.

The questions involve Mr. Murdoch’s statements regarding his knowledge of a key phone-hacking lawsuit a U.K. unit of the company faced in 2008. Mr. Murdoch has testified that he was briefed on the status of the lawsuit just one time and wasn’t told about critical evidence indicating that the practice of phone-hacking was more widespread than the company had claimed.

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