The Home Affairs Committee in Great Britain is running a day-long hearing Tuesday into the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. The committee will question those involved, investigating whether high-ups in Rupert Murdoch's media empire knew about the practices and attempted to cover them up.
Also speaking is Sir Paul Stephenson, who is formerly the Metropolitan Police Commissioner. He resigned on Sunday, saying that his police investigation did not take the News of the World case seriously enough.
John Yates, the former Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, is slated to speak, about 15 minutes before Murdoch. He resigned on Monday over the hiring of former News of the World executive editor Neil Wallis.
The BBC is streaming the entire police conference live. Watch it here.
Here is the full schedule of Tuesday's Home Affairs Committee hearings (Eastern Standard Time):
- 6:00 - Home Affairs Committee to hear from Sir Paul Stephenson
- 7:15 approx - John Yates to appear before Home Affairs Committee
- 8:30 - Culture, media and sport committee to question Rupert and James Murdoch
- 9:30 - Committee to question Rebekah Brooks
- 11:30 - Home Affairs Committee to question director of public prosecutions Kier Starmer
- 12:00 - His predecessor Lord Macdonald to appear
- 12:20 - Mark Lewis, the solicitor representing the Dowler family, will face questions
It is interesting to note that Rebekah Brooks' testimony will be the longest. Brooks resigned from her job as chief executive of Murdoch's News International and was arrested over the weekend.
Brooks has repeatedly denied knowing about the phone-hacking and police-bribing that was occurring while she was editor of News of the World, but her arrest over the weekend might belie her claims.
Former News of the World reporters insist that not only did Brooks know of the unsavory practices that were going on, she endorsed them.
It was no place for anyone to pipe up and say: 'This doesn't seem ethical to me.' That would have made you a laughing stock, one journalists told Reuters.
Andy Coulson, both a former News of the World editor and former aide to Prime Minister David Cameron, will not appear before the Committee. He was arrested earlier this month.