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Rupert Murdoch addresses Leveson Inquiry

Rupert Murdoch is addressing the Leveson Inquiry today Photo: Reuters

Rupert Murdoch is giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards this morning. His testimony opened at 10am and he is expected to disclose details of his meetings with top politicians.

The 81-year-old tycoon faces a two-day grilling under oath. As the remit of Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry turns towards contacts between the press and politicians he is expected to be asked about the following:

  • The phone-hacking scandal which led to the closure of the 168-year-old News of the World after revelations the paper listened to the voicemails of Milly Dowler
  • His oversight of his UK newspapers
  • Whether he exerted undue influence over British public life through his meetings with prime ministers and other leading politicians

During his appearance at the Commons Culture, Media and Sport committee last year he admitted to meeting Prime Minister David Cameron "within days" of the 2010 election.

He has also been open about his invitations to Downing Street from Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown; which he says happened "many times".

Tony Blair is the godfather to one of his children with his wife Wendi Deng.

Wendi Deng jumps to the defence of her elderly husband in July last year. Credit: ITV News

A small number of seats will be reserved for the public to come on a first come-first serve basis, but security will be tight to prevent any repeat of the protest last year, when Mr Murdoch was hit by a pie in the face.

During that appearance he apologised for the phone-hacking scandal and called the occasion "the most humble day of his life."

Jeremy Hunt is facing continued calls for his resignation this morning after the revelations that he was in contact with a lobbyist of the Murdoch's during their bid to take full control of satellite broadcaster BSkyB.

Hunt has appealed to Lord Leveson to bring forward his appearance, promising he would show the public he had conducted himself "scrupulous fairness."

Mr Murdoch's company News Corp still owns The Sun, The Times and the Sunday Times, and a 39% stake in BSkyB.

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