News Corporation deputy COO James Murdoch did pretty well before his UK Parliamentary Culture, Media and Sport inquisitors today – rebuffing the testimony of former News of the World editor Colin Myler and former legal manager Tom Krone that he has been lying about his knowledge of widespread wrongdoing at the now-defunct newspaper.
In this he was helped enormously by CMS committee member Tom Watson MP who, playing to the gallery, accused him of being a ‘Mafia boss.’ This was such a patently ridiculous accusation from the hapless Watson that James had a fairly easy ride thereafter.
Here’s a report from Sky News.
So far, so good for James then. But what started as a phone-hacking scandal at the Murdoch-owned News of the World is about to spread to the rest of the British tabloid press very soon, including the other Murdoch-owned title, the highly profitable daily Sun.
James never wanted to be involved with these grubby old media things in the first place, he’s much happier with TV and online. But they’ll probably end his career at New Corporation.