Phone hacking report 'could be published by late April'

John Whittingdale, chairman of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport committee, said he was "not wholly surprised" by James Murdoch's decision to resign as chairman of BSkyB.

The committee took evidence from Mr Murdoch, in his capacity as executive chairman of News International, as part of its investigation into phone hacking.

Mr Whittingdale said that he hopes the final report into phone hacking will be published by the end of the month. He said: "We are having a full discussion...and we are endeavouring to reach conclusions that all of us will sign up to."

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James Murdoch quits BSkyB

James Murdoch has stepped down as chairman of BSkyB after months of pressure over the phone hacking scandal at News International. ITV News understands MPs examining the issue are split on whether he misled Parliament over his role.