In a hearing at Parliament over the phone hacking scandal, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch said Tuesday that he knew of no evidence of any U.S.-based hacking of 9/11 victims' phones and that he did not believe the FBI had found any, either.
It was reported last week that the FBI was investigating those allegations.
Murdoch and son, James Murdoch, chairman of News Corp. International, fielded tough questions from a Parliament committee that had been told in 2009 that phone hacking had been confined to a rogue reporter. The scandal has since widened to include others and brought down both the News of the World newspaper and several top executives.
News Corp. U.S. involvement in the illegal hacking could bring its fitness as a TV licensee into question and bring the FCC into play.
Legislators have also called for an investigation in whether the company's hacking activities in the UK could also violate U.S. laws given the fact that it is incorporated in the U.S. and there are laws against bribing other governments. Allegations extend beyond hacking to payoffs of policemen in the UK.