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Rupert Murdoch 'asked to reappear by MPs'

Rupert Murdoch has been invited to re-appear before the Commons Culture Media and Sport committee. It comes after a recording emerged of him apparently telling journalists he regretted the level of co-operation given by News International to the investigation into phone hacking and illegal payments.

Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, News Corporation Credit: Press Association

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Murdoch urges staff to 'trust' him over jail fears

Rupert Murdoch also appears to suggest in the recording, broadcast by Channel 4 News, that any journalists who were convicted and jailed in connection with the phone-hacking inquiry could get their jobs back. He is heard saying:

I will do everything in my power to give you total support, even if you're convicted and get six months or whatever.

You're all innocent until proven guilty. What you're asking is: what happens if some of you are proven guilty? What afterwards?

I'm not allowed to promise you - I will promise you continued health support - but your jobs. I've got to be careful what comes out - but, frankly, I won't say it, but just trust me.

A spokesman for News Corp told Channel 4 News: "Rupert Murdoch has shown understandable empathy with the staff and families affected and will assume they are innocent until and unless proven guilty."

Murdoch brands police handling of arrests a 'disgrace'

The secret recording, broadcast this evening by Channel 4 News, hears Rupert Murdoch apparently railing at the the way the police behaved in arresting his journalists.

"Still, I mean, it's a disgrace. Here we are, two years later, and the cops are totally incompetent," he is heard saying, adding: "The idea that the cops then started coming after you, kick you out of bed, and your families, at six in the morning, is unbelievable."

He also is heard saying: "But why are the police behaving in this way? It's the biggest inquiry ever, over next to nothing."

Mr Murdoch is heard adding: "And now they're arresting their own, who never even took money... They're going to put all newspapers out of business."

Murdoch heard condemning police in secret recording

The recording of Rupert Murdoch was reportedly made at The Sun's base in Wapping, east London. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive

Rupert Murdoch has been heard condemning police who are investigating alleged phone-hacking and illegal payments to officials by his journalists as "totally incompetent" in a secret recording broadcast by Channel 4 News.

The News Corp boss is heard apparently regretting the amount of information his company had handed over to the investigation - describing it as a "mistake" - while also appearing to tell staff who feared losing their jobs if found guilty of any offences to "trust" him.

The recording, obtained by the Exaro investigative website, was said to have been made in March during a meeting with journalists from The Sun at his newspapers' headquarters in Wapping, east London.

A spokesman for News Corp told Channel 4 News: "No other company has done as much to identify what went wrong, compensate the victims, and ensure the same mistakes do not happen again.

"The unprecedented co-operation granted by News Corp was agreed unanimously by senior management and the board, and (News Corp's management and standards committee) the MSC continues to co-operate under the supervision of the courts.

"Rupert Murdoch has shown understandable empathy with the staff and families affected and will assume they are innocent until and unless proven guilty."

Leveson: Jeremy Hunt acted 'commendably' over BSkyB bid

Former culture secretary Jeremy Hunt Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Lord Justice Leveson has said that the former Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt behaved "commendably" over the BSkyB bid, and places blame on his special adviser Adam Smith.

In his report, he writes: "Mr Hunt immediately put in place robust systems to ensure the remaining stages of the bid would be handled with fairness, impartiality and transparency, all in line with his quasi-judicial obligations."

"In every respect bar one, the bid was commendably handled."

Mr Hunt was accused of getting too close to News Corporation after the company released a series of emails exchanges between its chief lobbyist Frédéric Michel and Jeremy Hunt's office.

Adam Smith later resigned over the issue.

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News Corp suffers £1bn losses

News Corporation boss Rupert Murdoch. Credit: PA Wire

News Corporation has reported a loss in its quarterly results. The firm's net loss was 1.6 billion dollars (£1 billion) for the three months to the end of June, compared with a net income of 683 million dollars (£436.2million) in the same period last year.

The company's full year results included a 224 million dollar (£143 million) charge related to "the costs of the ongoing investigations initiated upon the closure of The News of the World". This included a 57 million dollar (£36.4 million) charge in the last quarter.

Church of England turns its back on News Corp

The Church of England (CofE) has announced it is selling all of its £1.9 million-worth of shares in News Corporation citing concerns over the phone hacking investigation.

The Church of England is selling its shares in News Corporation Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

Andrew Brown, the secretary of the Church Commissioners which manages the CofE's investment portfolio, said: "Last year's phone hacking allegations raised some serious concerns amongst the Church's investing bodies".

The CofE has three national investment bodies which together hold assets worth in excess of £8 billion. There are already rules that ban investment in military products and services, pornography, alcoholic drinks, gambling, tobacco, human embryonic cloning and high interest rate lending.

News Corp: 'Complete rubbish' that Murdoch lobbied Blair

Rupert Murdoch's company News Corporation has released a statement denying the allegation that Mr Murdoch lobbied Former Prime Minister Tony Blair over the Iraq War.

It is complete rubbish to suggest that Rupert Murdoch lobbied Mr Blair over the Iraq war on behalf of the US Republicans. Furthermore, there isn't even any evidence in Alastair Campbell's diaries to support such a ridiculous claim.

– News Corporation statement

Harman: Prime Minister has 'torn up' Minsterial Code

Harriet Harman MP, Labour's Deputy Leader, has accused the Prime Minister of "tearing up" the Ministerial Code by not referring Jeremy Hunt to the independent investigator on the Minsterial Code. In a statement she said:

Jeremy Hunt has broken the Ministerial Code and misled Parliament. It is not acceptable that these rules have been broken and we will call a vote insisting that Jeremy Hunt's breaches of the Code are referred to the Independent Adviser on Ministerial Interests ... When David Cameron came into power, he upgraded the Code and he said he was going to have higher standards in public office. Today those words ring hollow - he has just torn up the Code.

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