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Leveson Inquiry: Tony Blair, Jeremy Hunt to testify next week

The Leveson Inquiry will question former Labor party prime minister Tony Blair on Monday about his close ties to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., the Daily Mail reported. Embattled Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt will appear before the Inquiry three days later, on Thursday. 

James Murdoch quits as BSkyB chairman

"I am aware that my role as chairman could become a lightning rod for BSkyB and I believe that my resignation will help to ensure that there is no false conflation with events at a separate organization," Murdoch said.
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James Murdoch on a recent trip to London. (Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images)

The younger Murdoch had been in the firing line over the company's response to the phone-hacking scandal.

The line coming from News Corp, the parent company of all Rupert Murdoch's businesses, is this is no big deal. James Murdoch is deputy COO of News Corp and his move to New York has been long planned. News International, which runs News Corp's British newspaper holdings, is a fairly small part of the Murdoch empire, so resigning that title is to be expected.

They can spin it any way they want but you can't tell me that on July 1st of last year that was the plan.

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Rupert Murdoch empire's roller coaster ride goes through whiplash turn

New revelations of phone-hacking and corruption ruin British debut of the mogul's new Sunday paper
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Rupert Murdoch: then and now. Holding the first edition of The Sun published after he bought it in 1969 and holding the first edition of The Sun on Sunday published yesterday. The positive buzz about the 80 year old's indefatigability was undone today by new revelations of alleged illegal payments made by Sun journalists to public officials. (Handout/AFP/Getty Images)

Yesterday, Rupert Murdoch launched a new Sunday newspaper to replace the defunct News of the World.The NoW was closed suddenly last July when the phone hacking scandal exploded around it.

The new newspaper was called the Sun on Sunday. The Sun is Murdoch's daily tabloid, his most successful and notorious newspaper here. Today the Sun became embroiled in revelations that are arguably more dangerous to the Murdoch empire than the phone hacking at the NoW.

At the Leveson Enquiry, set up in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal, the Metropolitan Police's Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers, in charge of the investigation into illegal activities at News International, publisher of Murdoch's newspapers here, gave an interim report.

She painted a picture of systematic corruption of public officials by The Sun. One public official received £80,000 ($126,500) over a period of years to provide confidential information about individuals to the paper.

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More woes for Rupert Murdoch's British papers.

Top newsroom reporters and editors arrested at Murdoch's The Sun, Britain's largest selling daily paper

Rupert Murdoch is tweeting away today (but so far he sin't tweeting this: his incredibly profitable British daily tabloid The Sun is now under tremendous pressure. Over the weekend five senior newsroom people were arrested and released on bail.

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