Miliband demands limits on Murdoch influence

Labour leader Ed Miliband has repeated his calls for stricter media ownership legislation in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.

Miliband, speaking to School Report, said media tycoon Rupert Murdoch had too much influence.

"It is unfair for one man to have so much control of the media: he owns Sky, the Times, the Sun and the Sun on Sunday and that's too much," he said.

"Organisations start to think they don't have to answer to anybody."

All three UK party leaders are being questioned by youngsters as part of the BBC News School Report project.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg's interview was broadcast on Radio 4's The World at One on 8 March, while listeners heard Prime Minister David Cameron being quizzed on 9 March.

In a wide-ranging interview, Miliband also spoke about how his family history had shaped his views on immigration.

"My father came here in 1940 seeking asylum - he was 16 and living in Belgium at the time and obviously the Nazis were moving into Belgium," said Mr Miliband.

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Labour leader Ed Miliband goes head-to-head with 12 School Reporters

"So I think it's really important that Britain is a place that genuine refugees - people fleeing from persecution - are able to come. I think it's a very proud tradition. I wouldn't be here if that hadn't happened for my family.

"We've always got to do that - people have concerns about immigration, but it's something as a country we should do."

Nevertheless, Mr Miliband said that Labour had erred in allowing full rights to workers from countries which joined the European Union in 2004.

"We've got 27 countries within Europe and free movement of labour and we can't stop that," he said.

"What we could have have - and it's a mistake we made in government - was to be more cautious about how quickly you can have the freedom of movement for countries joining the EU.

"And outside of Europe my view is simple: we should let people in who have a skill and something to contribute."

Mr Miliband was asked about his position on the UK's deficit, and reiterated his belief that it was a global problem.

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Image caption The School Reporters pose for pictures with Mr Miliband after the interview

"The question is how do we now get out of the problems," he added.

"My argument with the government is how they've gone about that, cutting very far and very fast isn't actually working, so we're ending up borrowing more."

Pushed over whether he was absolving the Labour government of blame for the problems, he admitted that regulation of the banks had been too lax.

"I don't think it was a coincidence - I think it was governments around the world, including ours, didn't do enough to regulate the banks and I totally acknowledge that," he conceded.

"We should have done more to regulate the banks and we've got to learn that lesson in the future so it can't happen again."

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How well do the Miliband brothers get on?

Mr Miliband was also asked some quickfire questions at the end of the interview, with some inevitably focusing on his relationship with his brother David - whom he stood against in the battle to become Labour leader in 2010.

Asked whether he used to fight with his brother over who got to sit in the front seat of the car, Mr Miliband insisted they had not had that kind of competitive relationship.

"We both went into the leadership election, knowing it would be a big media thing," he added.

"But both of us thought if we both think we have something to say then for one or other of us to not stand would not be a good thing.

"The resolution we had was that we must have a genuinely brotherly contest and not say anything bad about the other one. We stuck to that and it held us in good stead and we've moved on from it."

And he also revealed that his wife Justine has a pet name of "sweetie" for him, and that he has a penchant for "bad 1980s music". One School Reporter advised him to listen to Ed Sheeran instead.

The full version of Mr Miliband's interview will be available on the School Report website on News Day on 15 March.

School Report is an annual BBC project which helps young people make their own news reports for a real audience.

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