Rupert and James Murdoch to appear before Leveson Inquiry

Rupert Murdoch and his son James are to appear before the Leveson Inquiry next week.

The Leveson Inquiry which is looking into the culture, practices and ethics of the press has confirmed that News Corporation boss Rupert Murdoch will be appearing next Wednesday and Thursday. His son James Murdoch will be questioned on Tuesday.

This is first time that the most senior executives from News Corporation have faced questioning. James quit in February as executive chairman of News International (NI).

James overseen the News Corp subsidiary which published the now defunct News Of The World due to numerous phone-hacking accusations.Earlier this month James Murdoch resigned as chairman from BSkyB which many speculated was due to his upcoming appearance at the inquiry. He does howe ver remain on the board of the satellite broadcaster.

The BBC has reported that the Sun royal editor Duncan Larcombe was one of the men arrested this morning in connection with Operation Elveden. The Met police said a 36-year-old, thought to be Larcombe, was arrested at his home in Kent on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and su spicion of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office, contrary to common law.

In Lancashire, a 42-year-old male former member of the armed forces was arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office.A woman, aged 38, was arrested on aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office. Both are being questioned at a police station in the county.

Operation Elveden is looking into allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials. It is running alongside Operation Weeting, the on-going inquiry into phone-hacking. The arrests today came as a result of information provided by News Corporation’s Management Standards Committee.