The Culture Secretary has been defending the way he handled News Corporation's takeover bid of BSkyB at the Leveson Inquiry.
Jeremy Hunt said he was "sympathetic" to the bid, but stopped short of saying he was supportive of it.
Mr Hunt said:
He also described a meeting with Former News International Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks and News Corp lobbyist Fred Michel in 2010. Hunt's adviser Adam Smith was also present.
Mr Hunt says Brooks and Michel expressed some concern that they were were not getting a sympathetic hearing from Vince Cable [Business Secretary] about the BSkyB bid, but not much more than that.
The Culture Secretary said that, in hindsight, it would have been better to have officials present and taking notes at all times during meetings.
Mr Hunt was also asked why he felt it was inappropriate to meet with James Murdoch but appropriate to have phone call with him. He said he couldn't meet face-to face because it encroached on another Secretary of State's [Vince Cable] territory.