12:35am UK, Friday July 22, 2011
A former News Of The World executive has been sacked by The Sun after serious allegations of wrongdoing relating to his time at the Sunday title, Sky sources say.
Mr Nixson was fired over allegations relating to his time at the News Of The World
The employee dismissed is thought to be Matt Nixson, who had been features editor at The Sun since last January.
It is understood he was escorted out of the newsroom by four security guards and his computer seized.
It came as a former editor and legal boss at the News Of The World (NOTW) claimed James Murdoch was “mistaken” in a statement about phone-hacking he made to a parliamentary committee.
Colin Myler, the now-defunct tabloid’s editor since 2005, and its then international legal manager Tom Crone made the claim in a joint statement.
They say they had told Mr Murdoch of an email that contained transcripts of 35 hacked telephone messages between former Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) boss Gordon Taylor and PFA legal adviser Jo Armstrong.
The significance of the email is that it casts doubt on the original NOTW defence that it was a lone rogue reporter – royal editor Clive Goodman – who used private investigater Glenn Mulcaire to hack phones.
Mr Murdoch told the Commons culture and media select committee he had not been aware of the email when approving an out-of-court settlement for Mr Taylor.
The email was sent to Mr Mulcaire by an unnamed junior reporter at the NOTW, featuring the line “Hello, this is the transcript for Neville” – referring to Neville Thurbeck, the NOTW’s chief reporter in 2005.
Mr Myler and Mr Crone’s statement says: “Just by way of clarification relating to Tuesday’s CMS Select Committee hearing, we would like to point out that James Murdoch’s recollection of what he was told when agreeing to settle the Gordon Taylor litigation was mistaken.
“In fact, we did inform him of the ‘for Neville’ email which had been produced to us by Gordon Taylor’s lawyers.”
Colin Myler ovrsaw the News Of The World’s final edition
During the select committee meeting, MP Tom Watson had said: “James… when you signed off the Taylor payment, did you see or were you made aware of the full Neville email, the transcript of the hacked voicemail messages?”
Mr Murdoch said: “No, I was not aware of that at the time.”
Mr Watson replied: “But you paid an astronomical sum and there was no reason to.”
Mr Murdoch then said: “There was every reason to settle the case, given the likelihood of losing the case and given the damages – we had received counsel – that would be levied.”
In a statement, James Murdoch said: “I stand by my statement to the select committee.”
John Whittingdale told Sky News the committee he chairs would be asking James Murdoch to respond to the claims by Mr Myler and Mr Crone.
He said that during Tuesday’s hearing Mr Murdoch had promised to write to the committee answering those questions he was unable to answer in his evidence and he would now be asked to answer the Myler/Crone claims in his letter.
But Mr Whittingdale said the committee would not be calling James Murdoch to appear before the committee again since Parliament is now in recess.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
4 5 5
his primary challenge and how he loses his heart’s desire both = MN = 45 = Secrets. Investigation. Probing. I have a bad feeling about this.
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