The Committee received letters from Rupert Murdoch, Chair and CEO of News Corporation, James Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive of News Corporation (International), and Rebekah Brooks, former Chief Executive of News International, in response to invitation to appear before the committee
Rebekah Brooks has accepted the invitation to appear before the committee next week. Rupert Murdoch has indicated he is unable to attend to give evidence, and James Murdoch has indicated he is unable to attend on the specified date but offered to appear at an alternative date, the earliest of which was 10 August.
The committee has made clear its view that all three should appear to account for the behaviour of News International and for previous statements made to the committee in Parliament, now acknowledged to be false.
Accordingly, the committee has decided to summon Rupert Murdoch and James Murdoch to appear before the Select Committee in Parliament at 2.30pm on Tuesday 19 July 2011.
The evidence session will take place in the Boothroyd Room in Portcullis House. All public meetings in Parliament are open for public and members of the press to attend, on a first come first served basis. There is no need to register your attendance, but you do need to arrive in plenty of time to clear airport-style Parliamentary security (if you do not hold a Parliamentary pass). An "overspill" room will be provided in Portcullis House with video link to the evidence session, for those who cannot be accommodated in the Boothroyd Room.