As it happened: Rupert Murdoch at Leveson Inquiry

Key points

  • News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch said he did not think Gordon Brown was in "a balanced state of mind" when he "declared war" on News International for changing political allegiance.
  • The 81-year-old media tycoon said he had "never asked a prime minister for anything", when questioned about meetings with leaders during decades of involvement in UK affairs.
  • He said he wanted to "put to bed once and for all ... a complete myth" that he had "used the influence of the Sun or the supposed political power to get favourable treatment" from politicians.

Live text


  • Sarah Bell 
  • Stephen Robb 

Last updated 25 April 2012


Good morning and welcome to the BBC's live coverage of what looks set to be another explosive day at the Leveson Inquiry. Stay with us for updates on, and reaction to, the questioning Rupert Murdoch.


The News Corp boss, 81, will be asked whether he exerted undue influence over British public life through his papers. He is also likely to be grilled on the phone-hacking scandal which led to the closure of the News of the World.

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Robert Peston, Business editor

"He'll be asked about his long and deep relationship with politicians ... what he ends up saying will be awaited with some trepidation by Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron." The BBC's business editor looks ahead to Rupert Murdoch's appearance at Leveson in his blog.

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Daily Mirror associate editor @Kevin_Maguire says: "Rupert Murdoch, 81, to have legal aide alongside him at #leveson to help with documents. First to do so. Read into that what you will"


Proceedings held up by a man claiming he has rheumatism refusing to sit down. He is asked to leave and does so shouting that it's a "circus," the BBC's Peter Hunt says. His Twitter feed from the hearing can be followed here.


In his opening remarks, Lord Justice Leveson says he is aware documents such as the emails presented on Tuesday "cannot always be taken at face value and can bear more than one interpretation". He says it is "very important to hear every side of story before drawing conclusions".


Mr Murdoch says the need for the inquiry is obvious as there have been some abuses. "The state of media in this country is of vital interest to all its citizens."


Mr Murdoch says media abuses go further than phone hacking, and also he wants to put certain myths about himself to bed.


Mr Murdoch agrees he was a great fan of Margaret Thatcher, saying "we all wanted a change" in 1979.