Minister Testifies in Leveson Inquiry

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.