Former executives of Rupert Murdoch’s News UK misled Parliament over the phone hacking scandal, the House of Commons Privileges Committee has concluded.
The group of MPs found that ex-News of the World editor Colin Myler and Tom Crone, News UK’s former legal affairs manager, gave false evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee (CMSC) in hearings in 2009 and 2011.
But Myler and Crone rejected the findings in statements carried by Press Association. News UK, which was called News International until 2013, is yet to respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
The Privileges Committee found they were both guilty of “answering questions falsely about … knowledge of evidence that other News of the World employees had been involved in phone‐hacking and other wrongdoing.”
Separately, it accused Crone of misleading the CMSC in relation to a settlement News International reached with phone hacking victim Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association.
It also cleared former News International executive chairman Les Hinton over evidence he gave to the CMSC. Hinton told PA it was “too little and too late.”
The MPs recommended that the House of Commons “formally admonishes” both Myler and Crone.