Murdoch scandals reaching into ranks of British cabinet (+video)
Testimony in the Leveson inquiry, which is investigating the British phone hacking scandal, has cast doubt on Culture Secretary Hunt's impartiality toward Murdoch's News Corp.
James Murdoch, one-time presumptive heir to the Murdoch media empire News Corp., may have been the one under the spotlight in today's testimony at the Leveson inquiry. But it is Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt who will now be feeling the heat.
Mr. Murdoch gave several hours of testimony today in the ongoing inquiry into the now-defunct News of the World's (NotW) phone hacking. Murdoch continued to deny any knowledge of the hacking at NotW, saying he was removed from that portion of the paper's workings, reports Reuters. "I wasn't in the business of deciding what to put in the newspapers," Murdoch said.
But the person most hurt by today's testimony was Mr. Hunt, the secretary of state for Culture, Media and Sport in David Cameron's Conservative government. Investigators revealed dozens of pages of emails that called into question his impartiality regarding News Corp. Hunt was tasked with determining whether News Corp's bid to acquire all of satellite broadcaster BSkyB, in which News Corp held a minority share, would give too much power to the Murdoch media empire, which already included several newspapers. If it would not, Hunt could greenlight the sale.