Former Dow Jones CEO and Wall Street Journal publisher Les Hinton, who has been keeping a low profile since he resigned last July in connection with the News of the World hacking scandal, is being dragged back into the spotlight to testify before Parliament, the Associated Press reports.
In a scheduling announcement emailed to journalists, British lawmakers said that Hinton would be questioned about his knowledge of the hacking affair in a Parliamentary hearing. According to the email, which didn’t give any details as to the hearing’s agenda, Hinton will testify by video on Oct. 24.
Hinton, a top aide to Rupert Murdoch, was the executive chairman of News International from 1995 to 2007, the time when much of the illegal activity allegedly took place. His successor, Rebekah Brooks, also resigned from her position at News International after the hacking scandal broke last summer, just hours before Hinton resigned from Dow Jones.
During his first hacking-related testimony before Parliament in 2007, Hinton claimed to have believed that Clive Goodman, a private investigator hired by News of the World, had been acting alone. In a 2009 hearing, Hinton said, “There had never been any evidence delivered to me that suggested the conduct had spread beyond one journalist. If others had evidence that wrongdoing went further, I was not told about it.”
In his resignation letter this past July, Hinton again claimed to have been “ignorant of what apparently happened” at the tabloid and said that he believed “the rotten element at the News of the World had been eliminated” when he left in 2007.