Rupert Murdoch and his son James now say they will meet next week with British lawmakers investigating phone hacking and bribery by employees of their newspaper empire.
They initially turned down a request to appear before Parliament's Culture, Media and Sport Committee next Tuesday. But after lawmakers took the dramatic step of issuing a summons, the Murdochs agreed to appear.
Public revulsion over revelations of widespread hacking has emboldened lawmakers to take on the once-untouchable media moguls. Britain's business secretary says it's "a bit like the end of a dictatorship."
Yesterday, political opposition in Parliament forced the Murdochs to withdraw their bid for highly profitable network British Sky Broadcasting.
The deal unraveled after a rival newspaper reported that Murdoch's News of the World tabloid had hacked into the phone of a teenage murder victim in 2002. Hackers allegedly targeted thousands of others, too, including politicians, celebrities and families of dead soldiers.