Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Phone hacking: scandal will shine a light on 'improper' activity at HarperCollins, says The Jackal
Andrew Wylie, the US-based agent who counts Martin Amis and Philip Roth among his many clients, suggested that the company was involved in “improper behaviour”.
Wylie, nicknamed ‘The Jackal’ because of his fearsome reputation, said the crisis engulfing News International should lead to an examination of other Murdoch companies.
“It will focus attention on all parts of the business and people will perhaps turn on some lights in rooms that have been left dark previously, and look more closely at what is profitable and what is not and what is proper behaviour and what isn’t,” he told BBC Radio 4’s The World At One programme, adding that HarperCollins has been “under unusual pressure for some time”.
Asked if he thought there had been “improper behaviour in the publishing side of [Murdoch’s] business”, Wylie replied: “Yes, I do. They have been - and I have explained this to the heads of the company in London and New York - unusually shrill and punitive towards authors.”