Rupert Murdoch faces UK media ethics inquiry

Rupert Murdoch faces media inquiry, British minister feels heat over dealings with News Corp.

Associated Press

LONDON (AP) -- News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch is being grilled on his relationship with British politicians at the country's media ethics inquiry, while a government minister is battling accusations he gave News Corp. privileged access in its bid to take over a major broadcaster.

Murdoch is testifying Wednesday before the inquiry set up following a phone hacking scandal at one of News Corp.'s British newspapers.

Murdoch's son James testified a day earlier, when the most explosive development came from a cache of emails which suggested that Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt was smoothing the way for the takeover.

Hunt denied behaving improperly. He told reporters Wednesday that he would make a "very, very determined effort to show that I behaved with total integrity."

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