LONDON - Two British media outlets say News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch has been recorded calling wrongdoing by his British newspapers "next to nothing" and apparently acknowledging that his reporters paid police officers for information.
In a tape obtained by the ExaroNews journalism website and broadcast on Channel 4 News, Murdoch is heard saying, "it's the biggest inquiry ever, over next to nothing."
The outlets say the tape was recorded during a meeting with journalists at The Sun newspaper in March. Murdoch told them: "We're talking about payments for news tips from cops: that's been going on a hundred years."
Several Sun staff have been charged as part a police investigation into phone hacking and bribery.
News Corp. said it had co-operated fully with police and worked hard to eliminate wrongdoing.