News Corp defends Murdoch

News Corp has defended its chief Rupert Murdoch after a secret recording was released of him heavily criticising the police inquiry into alleged phone hacking at his newspapers. Labour Party chairman Tom Watson has called for police to interview him.

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Murdoch heard branding police 'totally incompetent'

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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