LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch is famous for not taking advice, but even the world’s most powerful media mogul had to submit to days of preparation by top lawyers before testifying to a British press ethics inquiry.
Although the 81-year-old appeared impetuous in many of his retorts and barbed one-liners, he had been prepared for the Leveson Inquiry by two of his company’s top legal minds, according to people familiar with the coaching who declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak on the subject.
LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch blamed News of the World journalists for conspiring to cover up a culture of phone-hacking at the tabloid, saying they hid their activities from his son James and protégée Rebekah Brooks and that he personally was not paying attention.
In a second day of testimony in Britain’s High Court on Thursday, Murdoch painted a picture of a rogue culture at the best-selling Sunday tabloid, in an echo of his company’s now abandoned defense that a single “rogue reporter” was to blame.
LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch rejected accusations on Wednesday that he used his media empire to play puppet master to a succession of prime ministers, electrifying a media inquiry that has shaken the government and unnerved much of the establishment.
The appearance before a judge by the world’s most powerful media mogul was a defining moment in a scandal that has laid bare collusion between ministers, police and Murdoch’s News Corp, reigniting long-held concerns over the close ties between big money, the media and power in Britain.
LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch is used to
slipping into Downing Street by the back door for discreet
meetings with prime ministers, but there was no such privacy on
Wednesday when he faced a grilling about his political influence
in the full glare of the world’s media.
It was one of the most extraordinary days in a career
spanning six decades that has seen the owner of a provincial
Australian newspaper morph into a global media magnate credited
with the power to make or break governments.
LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch batted away
accusations on Wednesday that he used his vast media empire to
play puppet master to a succession of British leaders,
electrifying a media inquiry that has shaken faith in Prime
Minister David Cameron’s government.
The 81-year-old media mogul’s appearance is the high point
in an inquiry which has laid bare collusion between ministers
and News Corp, reawakening decades of concern over the
cosy ties between big money, the media and power in Britain.
LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch began giving evidence on Wednesday to confront charges that he used his clout to curry favor with a succession of British leaders, electrifying a media inquiry that has become increasingly damaging for the government.
An appearance by Rupert’s son James in a highly charged session on Tuesday revealed how a government minister had sought to help Murdoch’s News Corp in an ultimately abortive takeover bid, a damaging admission for a government already seen as too close to the Murdochs.
LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) – A phone-hacking scandal that
has rocked Rupert Murdoch’s media empire piled more pressure on
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday with the
revelation that one of his ministers gave News Corp executives
highly sensitive details to help a controversial merger.
As the Leveson Inquiry on press ethics began to delve into
the relationships between politicians and the media, with James
Murdoch as a witness, the court heard that Jeremy Hunt, the
culture minister, had had numerous secret contacts with James
and his top London lobbyist.
LONDON (Reuters) – James Murdoch denied on Tuesday that he tried to use the political influence wielded by his father’s newspapers to steer through the largest takeover in his company’s history at a time when it was battling a scandal over hacking phones.
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. was forced to abandon its cherished $12 billion bid to take full control of pay TV group BSkyB last year after revelations that his News of the World tabloid had illegally hacked into phone messages on an industrial scale to obtain scoops.
LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) – James Murdoch blamed
subordinates on Tuesday for keeping him in the dark about
illegal behaviour when he ran his father Rupert’s UK newspaper
empire, and said he didn’t closely read its ill-fated tabloid
the News of the World.
The 39-year-old, once seen as the clear heir apparent to his
father’s News Corp business, was grilled at a
high-profile judicial inquiry into Britain’s press culture, set
up in the wake of revelations that the News of the World
illegally hacked into phone messages on an industrial scale to
LONDON (Reuters) – James Murdoch will be quizzed on Tuesday about his closeness to British political leaders, as a public inquiry prompted by the phone-hacking scandal at his father’s newspaper empire delves into the relationship between politicians and the media.
Rupert Murdoch, head of News Corp, may accompany his son ahead of his own scheduled testimony at London’s Royal Courts of Justice on Wednesday to the Leveson Inquiry, which in five months has already taken a wide-roving and discomfiting look at press ethics and journalists’ dealings with the police.