Get the popcorn ready. Following James and Rupert Murdoch’s traffic-stopping performance before the Media Select Committee last summer, the double act are booked to face questions at the Leveson Inquiry. The Londoner hears that Murdoch Snr and Jnr have been pencilled in to appear before Lord Justice Leveson in the week of April 23.
One hopes the Murdochs have agreed readily to appear before Leveson. Last summer both father and son sent a number of apologies for non-attendance to the Commons committee conducting their inquiry into phone hacking, a farce that reached its denouement when the Deputy Serjeant at Arms, sadly not in full costume of tights and a mace, was dispatched across London with a letter summoning Rupert to the inquiry.
The Leveson Inquiry does not release names and schedules much in advance. However, the Murdochs look likely to be summoned for the beginning of Module 3, on the relations between government and the media.
“Module 2 [on media and the police] is running till Easter and Module 3 details will be released close to Easter,” says a spokesman for the inquiry.
David Cameron indicated yesterday that he would be willing to appear before Lord Justice Leveson if asked to do so. His spokesman said that “the Prime Minister has long said that if politicians including himself are required to come forward as witnesses, then of course we will co-operate with that inquiry”.