Adam Smith says the tone and language used in e-mails with Fred Michel might have been too flippant and loose but he doesn't think the substance was inappropriate.
Some of the information from Fred Michel, Adam Smith says he passed on in e-mail to Jeremy Hunt, but not all of it.
Former special adviser Adam Smith confirms Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt knew he was in contact with News Corporation lobbyist Fred Michel.
Fred Michel: In my communication I was referring to the UK Government being generally supportive of the bid, not any particular Minister.
He consistently denies he "exaggerated" the progress in any of his emails. "I do not need to puff myself up," he answers.
Fred Michel does say at Tory conference Jeremy Hunt was "supportive of the arguments we were making" about the bid.
QC Robert Jay says he has counted 257 texts from Jeremy Hunt's former adviser Adam Smith to Fred Michel.
Michel asked: Was Mr Hunt support of the bid? Answer: I couldn't say
News Corporation lobbyist Fred Michel begins giving his evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.
Lord Brooke is the first person to give evidence at the Leveson Inquiry today. He will be followed by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt's former special adviser Adam Smith and News Corporation lobbyist Fred Michel.