Leveson Inquiry

Witness Statements and Hearing Transcripts:

25 Apr 2012:

Keith Rupert Murdoch  |  Transcripts:  Morning Hearing 25 April 2012  |  Afternoon Hearing 25 April 2012  |

Other witness statements: module 2 | module 1 |


Rupert Murdoch at the Leveson inquiry – as it happened

• Scottish independence is attractive, says Murdoch
• Murdoch: Cameron yacht meeting in August 2008 ‘normal’
• Brown ‘misled people over Sun story about his son’
• ‘If politicians want my views they should read Sun editorials’
• I made a mistake over Patten biography, says Murdoch
• Murdoch: I never asked Blair for anything and never called
• I apologise if my papers attacked Kinnock, says Murdoch
• Murdoch: we should have bought MPs’ expenses details
• Jeremy Hunt’s adviser Adam Smith has resigned

The Guardian’s short summary of the day’s developments:

• Gordon Brown has described as “wholly wrong” an account by Rupert Murdoch of a telephone call between the pair about the former prime minister “declaring war” on News Corporation

• Former Times editor Sir Harold Evans said Murdoch showed “spectacular displays of imagination” in his evidence about a newsroom revolt at the title

• Jeremy Hunt spent five days in the US holding meetings with News Corp at the same point Rupert and James Murdoch were first deciding whether to bid for Sky, official documents reveal

• Rupert Murdoch says he was “as surprised as anyone” that David Cameron hired ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson as his spin doctor

• Murdoch defends meetings with Cameron on family yachts as “part of the democratic process”

• Prime minister gives Jeremy Hunt full backing as culture secretary’s special adviser resigns over the News Corp-BSkyB emails

• Rupert Murdoch has claimed that Gordon Brown wilfully misled people over a Sun story about the former prime minister’s son

• Murdoch said Brown was “unbalanced” and had declared war on News Corporation