In one clip from a secret audio recording obtained by Channel 4 News, Rupert Murdoch is heard branding police "totally incompetent" and damning the Scotland Yard inquiry into corrupt payments to public officials.
"It's the biggest inquiry ever, over next to nothing," he says.
Hear more of the recordings at Channel 4 News.
A News Corp statement said Mr Murdoch was showing "understandable empathy" to his staff.
More top news
An emergency services team performed open-heart surgery on a woman in her forties at the scene of a car crash on Monday.
High pressure gives us a settled and very cold start to the new week.
Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason has been able to speak of the incident during the Chelsea match which saw him taken to hospital.