Murdochs and Brooks to attend parliamentary hearing

LONDON Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:37pm BST

1 of 2. Rebekah Brooks is driven away from News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch's flat in central London July 12, 2011.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch, son James and Rebekah Brooks have agreed to attend a parliamentary hearing to answer questions about the growing phone-hacking scandal that has shaken his global television and newspaper empire, the chairman of the committee said on Tuesday.

Murdoch, boss of News Corp, his son James, head of News Corp in Europe and Asia, and Rebekah Brooks, who runs News Corp's News International, will attend a session next Tuesday.

"I think in some ways this is the first sensible thing they have done," John Whittingdale, chairman of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport Committee, told BBC television.

"They are going to take on their critics and account for themselves in parliament and that is what we wanted them to do, and I am very pleased that they have accepted that invitation."

(Reporting by Avril Ormsby; editing by Keith Weir)

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