LONDON Nov 10 * James Murdoch blames
ex-editor Myler for poor information
* Says ex-legal head Crone misled parliament
* Reiterates did not see "For Neville" hacking email
By Georgina Prodhan and Kate Holton
LONDON, Nov 10 James Murdoch blamed other senior
News Corp executives on Thursday for not telling him
more about potential evidence of widespread phone-hacking at the
now-defunct News of the World tabloid that he oversaw.
In a second questioning by British parliamentarians,
Murdoch, who is fighting to keep his place in his father
Rupert's media empire, said he was ill-informed by then-editor
Colin Myler and should have been told more when he approved a
large payoff to a hacking victim.
"This was the job of the new editor who had come in... to
clean things up, to make me aware of those things," said
Murdoch, appearing confident under interrogation by lawmakers.
News Corp long maintained that the hacking was the work of a
lone, "rogue" reporter and a private detective who both went to
jail for the offence in 2007. Murdoch approved the payoff to
hacking victim and soccer boss Gordon Taylor in 2008.
Myler and Tom Crone, the former legal chief of the News of
the World, have contended that they did made Murdoch aware in
2008 that Taylor had in his possession transcripts of hacked
phone conversations that seemed to implicate other journalists.
Murdoch reiterated on Thursday that Myler and Crone had not
shown him the transcripts, contained in an email dubbed the "For
Neville" email, and said Crone had misled parliament.
Opposition Labour Party MP asked Murdoch: "Do you think Mr
Crone misled us?" Murdoch answered: "It follows that I do, yes."
Murdoch denied that he himself had misled the parliamentary
select committee, although he did express some regret, in
contrast to his July appearance before the committee.
"At various times, and I am sorry for this, the company
moved into an aggressive defence too quickly," he said.
James Murdoch was brought into News International after the
date of the last known phone-hacking, but has been accused of
failing to ask the right questions at least, and possibly of
participating in a huge corporate cover-up.
He is currently deputy chief operating officer of News Corp
with responsibility for all its non-U.S. business, and was until
recently expected to take over sooner or later from his father,
Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch.
He is also still chairman of News International, News Corp's
British newspaper arm.
An admission by News International this week that the News
of the World ordered the surveillance of lawyers representing
hacking victims as recently as this year have added to the
impression that the culture may not have changed significantly.
Murdoch's appearance is being streamed live at
(Additional reporting by Keith Weir and Paul Sandle; Editing by