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Murdochs in the dock over Sky News email hacking

Rupert Murdoch will appear before the committee on Wednesday, which be his first public appearance since last July.

London: The Murdoch media in Britain continued to suffer knocks with a new probe being launched Monday into news-gathering practices at Sky News while the father and son duo prepared to appear before the high profile inquiry into the email hacking this week.

Communications regulator Ofcom launched an investigation after Sky News admitted hacking into the email accounts of members of the public for information, adding another level of inquiry into the Murdoch media’s unethical news-gathering practices.

Appearing before the Leveson Inquiry today, John Ryley, head of news at Sky News, separately admitted that his the company broke the law by hacking emails of John Darwin, who faked his own death in a canoe to claim insurance money, and his wife Anne.

Sky News had earlier defended the email hacking by claiming that it was in the public interest and amounted to "responsible journalism", but the claim was not repeated before the Leveson Inquiry.

Regulator Ofcom`s spokesperson said: "Ofcom is investigating the fairness and privacy issues raised by Sky News` statement that it had accessed without prior authorisation private email accounts during the course of its news investigations. We will make the outcome known in due course."

James Murdoch is scheduled to appear tomorrow before the Leveson Inquiry, which is telecast live.

Rupert Murdoch will appear before the committee on Wednesday, which be his first public appearance since he gave evidence to the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee last July.

Aidan Barclay, the chairman of Telegraph Media Group, and Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the Independent and London Evening Standard, were scheduled to appear before the inquiry today.


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