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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2011 file photo, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch delivers a keynote address at the National Summit on Education Reform in San Francisco. British lawmakers asked Tuesday July 9, 2013 that Rupert Murdoch reappear before their committee to answer further questions about media wrongdoing at his U.K. newspapers in light of a secret recording that emerged earlier this month. The tape ó obtained by the ExaroNews journalism website and broadcast on Channel 4 News ó had Murdoch calling wrongdoing by his British newspapers "next to nothing" and apparently acknowledging that his reporters paid police officers for information. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

LONDON (AP) - British lawmakers will ask Rupert Murdoch to return to London to answer further questions about wrongdoing at his U.K. newspapers in light of a secret recording that emerged earlier this month, a senior parliamentarian said Tuesday.

The recording- obtained by the ExaroNews website and broadcast on Britain's Channel 4- had Murdoch calling wrongdoing by his British newspapers "next to nothing" and apparently acknowledging that his reporters paid police officers for information.

The outlets say the tape was recorded during a meeting with journalists at The Sun newspaper in March. Murdoch told them: "We're talking about payments for news tips from cops: That's been going on a hundred years."

Lawmaker John Whittingdale said his Culture, Media and Sport Committee voted Tuesday to recall Murdoch for questions. Whittingdale said the committee's letter inviting Murdoch back had not yet been sent and that he could not provide any details on when the mogul would be asked to reappear.

Murdoch previously appeared before the media committee- with his son- to answer questions about phone hacking at his U.K. titles.

Dozens of current and former journalists in Murdoch's newspaper stable have been charged and arrested as part of sweeping, parallel investigations into phone hacking, bribery, and computer hacking.

Before the committee's announcement, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick told lawmakers her force was seeking a copy of the recording. Dick also said that police don't anticipate many more arrests- a signal that the sprawling investigations spawned by the scandal may be drawing to a close.

Dick put the total number of arrests linked to scandal at 126.

News UK, the British newspaper arm of Murdoch's media empire, referred questions to News Corp. in the United States.

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Associated Press writer Cassandra Vinograd contributed to this report.


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