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Boris diaries reveal talks with NI executives

Boris Johnson faced embarrassment last night over the disclosure of several previously unknown contacts with senior News International (NI) executives at the height of the storm over phone hacking.

Rupert Murdoch slashes value of newspaper empire

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has scrubbed billions of dollars from the value of its newspaper publishing businesses and promised a big programme of cost cuts over the next year.

George Osborne indicates Government will not support Leveson proposals for sweeping press regulation changes

George Osborne today gave the clearest indication yet that the Government will not support proposals for sweeping changes to press regulation even if they are proposed by the Leveson Inquiry.

Ian Burrell: These texts raise real doubts about Jeremy Hunt's even-handedness

For those who had already made up their mind that Jeremy Hunt had to go, the newly-released texts from the Culture Secretary were mere confirmation of his role as a cheerleader for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Amol Rajan: After this morning, Leveson
has to ask Osborne to give evidence

QC reveals explosive new evidence of text messages

involving Hunt, Murdoch and Chancellor

Leading article: Ten questions for Jeremy Hunt

Would he like to count again the conversations with News Corp he told the Commons were 'zero'?

Jeremy Hunt urged PM to look favourably on News Corp's BSkyB bid

Memo undermines PM's claim his Government was unbiased on BSkyB bid

The political scandal over Rupert Murdoch's battle to buy BSkyB moved closer to David Cameron last night after new evidence undermined the Prime Minister's claim that his Government was scrupulously even-handed in deciding on the £8bn deal.

Statements from David Cameron that he had 'nothing to do' with the specifics of the bid are likely to be questioned at the Leveson Inquiry

Cameron knew Hunt would back BSkyB bid

Devastating memo shown to Leveson Inquiry puts PM in line of fire

Matthew Norman on Monday: Andy Coulson, Rebekah Brooks and a strange outbreak of mass amnesia

Amnesia has many potential causes, and some are more obvious than others. In the 1945 noir classic The Lost Weekend, for example, alcoholism robs Ray Milland of recall, but with the 2010 remake shot at Dorneywood, the memory loss is harder to explain.

Rupert Murdoch after giving evidence at the Leveson inquiry

Rupert Murdoch 'not a fit person' to run News Corporation

Rupert Murdoch is not a “fit person” to run a major international corporation, a committee of MPs said today.

Andrew Grice: The Culture Secretary is not ready to go without a fight

Last week, Whitehall whispers suggested that David Cameron would delay his first major cabinet reshuffle until the autumn so he could promote Jeremy Hunt, who could not be moved until after the London Olympics.

Leading article: No amount of squirming can save Jeremy Hunt

This was no single incident, but an entire relationship of staggering impropriety

James Murdoch and the BSkyB bid

Two days after Vince Cable was removed as the government minister who would be making the decision about News Corp’s full take-over of BSkyB, James Murdoch attended a meeting with the Prime Minister, David Cameron, at the home of Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie Brooks. Around 15 people were at the meeting.

Rupert Murdoch prepares to answer questions about his relationships with prime ministers at the Leveson Inquiry

Murdochs face grilling over dealings with Downing Street

Rupert Murdoch was in London yesterday preparing for his appearance before the Leveson Inquiry to answer questions about his relationship with prime ministers from Margaret Thatcher to David Cameron.

James Murdoch said he feared that his role at BSkyB could have become 'a lightning rod'

Murdoch quits BSkyB as media committee's report approaches

Decision means none of Murdoch clan is likely to succeed Rupert at helm of News Corp

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