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Reacting to Lord Justice Leveson's findings, Mr Hunt said: "I welcome the fact the report states that not only was there no evidence of actual bias on my part in the handling of the BSkyB bid but that I put in place robust systems to ensure it would be handled with impartiality.
"However, I have always accepted lessons needed to be learned, in particular with respect to the role of special advisers, which is why guidance has since been issued."
Lord Justice Leveson said there had been a "recklessness in prioritising sensational stories," irrespective of the harm that may be caused.
The Professor of Journalism Tim Luckhurst has told ITV News that today's Leveson report is a "crossing of a Rubicon" for the newspapers because it involves the state in the regulation process for the first time.
Lord Justice Leveson condemns decades of "outrageous" behaviour by newspapers and suggests the press has ignored its own code of conduct on too many occasions.
In his report, he writes:
Lord Justice Leveson has said that politicians "have had or developed too close a relationship with the press in a way which has not been in the public interest" in his report.
However, he said that the Former Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt acted "commendably" over News Corporation's bid for full ownership of BSkyB.
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Lord Justice Leveson says a genuinely independent and effective system of self-regulation is needed.
First snapshot of Lord Justice Leveson's Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press.