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.
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