Minister Testifies in Leveson Inquiry

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31:  Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt arrives at The Royal Courts of Justice to give evidence to The Leveson Inquiry on May 31, 2012 in London, England. This phase of the inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press in the United Kingdom is looking at the relationship between the press and politicians. The inquiry, which may take a year or more to complete, comes in the wake of the phone hacking scandal that saw the closure of The News of The World newspaper in 2011.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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    Things are not looking so good for Jeremy Hunt. The embattled culture minister testified Thursday before the Leveson Inquiry about his role in Rupert Murdoch’s controversial—and doomed—bid to take over the British broadcaster BSkyB. Hunt had been the minister responsible for overseeing the regulatory process behind News Corp.’s BSkyB takeover and had the final say in approving the deal. Hunt testified Thursday that he was “sympathetic” to News Corp.’s bid, and apparently texted James Murdoch—Rupert’s son who was put in charge of the BSkyB deal—on the day that Hunt took over the bid. One of Hunt’s advisers has already resigned due to allegations after the Leveson Inquiry, and Hunt himself is fighting for his political survival.

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