April 25 - Rupert Murdoch denied he used his media empire to gain politicial favours from British Prime Ministers, as he appeared before a high-profile judicial inquiry into Britain's press culture. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Rupert Murdoch batted away accusations that he used his vast media empire to play puppet master to a succession of British leaders, electrifying a media inquiry that has shaken faith in Prime Minister David Cameron's government. The 81-year-old media mogul's appearance is the high point in the Leveson inquiry, which has laid bare collusion between ministers and News Corp, reawakening decades of concern over the cosy ties between big money, the media and power in Britain. "I have never asked a prime minister for anything," Murdoch said when asked about his links to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, one of his favourite British leaders. Murdoch appeared at the inquiry the day after his son James. The Leveson inquiry was set up in the wake of revelations that the News of the World illegally hacked into phone messages on an industrial scale to get scoops. The inquiry, ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron, also examines the relationship between the Murdochs and politicians to establish whether these close ties helped journalists feel above the law.