With Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspapers under increasing fire, it has seemed almost inevitable that the mogul would be called to testify in the ongoing inquiry into the nation’s media ethics. According to a report today, the Leveson Inquiry is now preparing to call Murdoch and other newspaper owners to give evidence in late April or early May. News International, a division of Murdoch’s News Corp, controls its British newspaper interests including The Sun — and also controlled the now-defunct News Of The World, which was shuttered this summer amid the phone-hacking scandal. Embattled scion James Murdoch resigned as executive chairman of News International yesterday, citing his relocation to News Corp’s New York headquarters. Rupert Murdoch, whose company has set up an internal committee to aid British police in their investigation of illegal practices by journalists, is believed to be keen to cooperate. In a December session of the inquiry, witness Piers Morgan was asked to elaborate on a discussion he had previously had with Murdoch. When the CNN talk show host and former News Of The World editor said he couldn’t answer on Murdoch’s behalf, the inquiry’s chief counsel said, “I can ask him for his impression when we get there.”

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