British MPs summon Rupert Murdoch over press comments

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by CBR Staff Writer| 10 July 2013

Murdoch is ready for a second parliamentary committee grilling.

A British parliamentary committee has summoned media tycoon Rupert Murdoch over his secretly recorded comments in 2012 on condemnation of a police inquiry into crimes committed by journalists on his papers.

The comments were reportedly made during an internal meeting with journalists from the Sun.

News Corp said in an emailed statement that Mr. Murdoch welcomed the opportunity to return to the Select Committee and answer their questions.

"He looks forward to clearing up any misconceptions as soon as possible," the statement said.

According to the assistant commissioner, Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan police are seeking access to the recording as part of the Operation Elveden investigation into corrupt payments to public executives.

"We are seeking to obtain the tape of the meeting during which Rupert Murdoch appears to have been recorded," Dick said. "We will then assess the full contents of that tape."

The disclosure follows the summoning of Murdoch to again appear before the culture, media and sport select committee over his comments in the March meeting recorded by News International journalists.

In the meeting in March he said that the culture of paying police officers for stories existed at every newspaper in Fleet Street and has been part of the 'culture of Fleet Street, and was in existence long before the arrest of journalists from Sun.

Murdoch, the chief of News Corp and 21st Century Fox, was ostensibly shocked by the disclosures of illegality and phone-hacking that overwhelmed his UK newspaper business two years ago and damaged his reputation.

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