Rupert Murdoch will appear for questioning at the Leveson inquiry into press conduct next week, with two days set aside to hear his evidence on the phone-hacking scandal and on the power of newspaper proprietors.
His son James will appear on Tuesday, when he will be the only witness, while the chairman and chief executive of News Corp will be the sole witness on Wednesday. Thursday has been set aside in case his evidence takes longer than the six hours for which the inquiry sits daily.
The inquiry was set up after the News of the World, Mr Murdoch’s Sunday tabloid, was found to have hacked into the mobile phone of Milly Dowler, a murdered schoolgirl, sparking public outrage.
Three more people were on Thursday arrested in the investigation into inappropriate payments by journalists to police and other public officials that was prompted by the disclosure of information by News Corp last year.
Those arrested in dawn raids on Thursday morning included Duncan Larcombe, the royal editor of The Sun, News Corp’s daily UK tabloid newspaper, on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office. They bring the number of arrests so far to 49.