Leveson Inquiry: Murdoch's contact with Alex Salmond

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The Leveson Inquiry into press standards and ethics has published details of News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch's contact with First Minister Alex Salmond.

The 81-year-old media mogul was asked by inquiry QC Robert Jay about his relationship with the SNP and its leader.

The Australian told the inquiry: "I don't know Mr Salmond well, but I've had three meetings here and he is an amusing guy and I enjoy his company and I enjoy talking with him and listening to him."

Mr Salmond's office has disputed some of the entries which were lodged by Mr Murdoch, including a lunch and a phone call which it said did not take place. (Details below)

Rupert Murdoch's contact with Alex Salmond (Source: Leveson Inquiry)

Date Event Who initiated it? What was discussed?

1. The Scottish government says the telephone call was a meeting which took place at the News International offices in New York.

2. The Scottish government says this meeting did not take place. It added that Mr Salmond was travelling back from an overseas trip to China on this date.

3. The Scottish government says that this lunch did not take place.

17/11/2000

Telephone call (possibly)

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12/10/2007

Telephone call (possibly) (1)

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30/10/2007

Opening of new printing plant in Scotland

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4/04/2008

Breakfast meeting

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Discussions about Rupert Murdoch's Scottish roots

25/09/2008

Telephone call

Alex Salmond

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19/02/2009

Telephone call

Alex Salmond

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17/03/2011

Telephone call

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20/06/2011

Meeting

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Discussions involved Alex Salmond's interest in Scottish independence

11/12/2011

Meeting (2)

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Discussions about News Corporation's investments in Scotland

Undated in 2012

Lunch (3)

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Discussions involved Alex Salmond's interest in Scottish independence

21/02/2012

Telephone call

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29/02/2012

Lunch (with others, including Frederic Michael and Geoff Aberdein)

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Discussions about News Corporation's investments in Scotland

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