News Corp. has brought on Edelman to help it manage the crisis related to the ongoing phone-hacking scandal and investigation. Edelman EMEA CEO Robert Phillips told The Holmes Report that the firm was hired by News International’s management and standards committee, which is handling the response.
“Edelman is working with the management and standards group of News Corp on general comms support and public affairs counsel,” Phillips said.
Edelman MD of corporate affairs Alex Bigg and James Lundie, the firm’s MD of public affairs are leading the assignment. News Corp.’s standards committee includes GM Will Lewis (also a former Daily Telegraph editor), corporate affairs director Simon Greenberg, and GC Jeff Parker.
The Guardian reports that the company has been going to Edelman for “ad hoc advice” since June 20.
In the latest news from the scandal, both Rupert and James Murdoch have refused to appear before a parliamentary panel, though Rupert Murdoch has said he would appear separately for an investigation called by PM David Cameron. And, former News of the World editor Neil Wallis has been arrested.
Update: Breaking news is that they will actually appear. More to come.
Update: PaidContent is confirming that both Murdochs will be appearing in front of the Commons Committee on Culture, Media and Sport, along with Rebekah Brooks, who is a UK national and had no choice in the matter.