Summary Box: Murdoch quizzed before a UK judge

Summary Box: Murdoch, quizzed before a British judge, says he's not as powerful as people say

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Summary Box: Murdoch quizzed before a UK judge

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In this image from video, News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch appears at Lord Justice Brian Leveson's inquiry in London, Wednesday April 25, 2012 to answer questions under oath about how much he knew about phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid. 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. (AP Photo/Pool)

BEFORE THE INQUIRY: News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch appeared Wednesday before a U.K. panel looking into media ethics.

HIS TESTIMONY: He says his globe-spanning TV and newspaper empire doesn't carry as much political sway as is often believed. He says he wasn't the power behind the throne often depicted by his enemies.

THE GOAL: Speaking softly, deliberately and with dry humor, Murdoch sought to deflate what he described as myths about his business, his agenda and his friendships with those at the pinnacle of British politics.

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