Exclusive: Ex-News International executives misled Parliament

Lucy Manning

Former UK Editor

Colin Myler, former editor of the News of the World. Credit: REUTERS/Paul Hackett

The long-awaited and potentially explosive report on phone hacking from the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee is due this morning.

MPs had their last meeting yesterday morning to sign off the report and ITV News can reveal some of the findings.

MPs are set to find Colin Myler, Tom Crone and Les Hinton guilty of misleading the committee and therefore Parliament.

Mr Myler was the former News of the World Editor, Mr Crone the former legal boss, and Mr Hinton was a key News International executive.

As for James Murdoch, there is some good news and bad news.

James Murdoch. Credit: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

The committee appears to be split on the question of whether he misled them.

The Committee is likely to say they found it difficult to come to a conclusion given the conflicting evidence.

But he is certainly not going to be in the same category as the three men who they believe definitely have misled them.

However he is going to be heavily criticised on his management style and wider corporate issues.

The committee will also have strong words to say about Rupert Murdoch and the corporate culture.

Rupert Murdoch. Credit: REUTERS/Richard Clement

Perhaps most worrying for the Murdochs, the committee (although there is a split here too and on a number of other issues) will make recommendations about the future and the role of the Murdochs.

That could be, although I haven't been able to confirm this, about whether James Murdoch is 'fit and proper' to hold a broadcasting licence.

The report is at the printers. No-one will get their hands on a copy until the morning.

It's fair to say every word will be closely scrutinised.

Update: One question asked is what happens to those who have misled Parliament. Many MPs aren't even sure. But it's likely the House will pass a motion and find them in contempt and they will then have to come to the bar of the House (not where the drinks are served, just inside the chamber) where they will have to apologise. It's so rare the last time this happened was in 1956 when Sir John Junor had to apologise about an article he'd written in the Sunday Express about petrol allowances.