Jeremy Hunt: minister for Murdoch | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian

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Having, quite inappropriately, spoken to Mr Murdoch on a private line, Mr Hunt could not, apparently, help himself. He promptly wrote a memo to Mr Cameron telling him that Mr Murdoch was “pretty furious” at Mr Cable’s decision to refer the bid to Ofcom. He warned the prime minister the government “could end up in the wrong place” and demanded that they shouldn’t cave in to the “Mark Thompson/Channel 4/Guardian line”. He wanted the government to support Murdoch’s vision – “to repeat what his father did … with Wapping and create the world’s first multimedia operator available from paper to web to TV to iPhone”. He requested a meeting with Cameron, Clegg and Cable. A month later, Mr Cable was removed from overseeing the bid on the grounds he was biased against it. Mr Hunt – whose bias in favour of the bid was evident from this memo – was asked by Mr Cameron to take over.

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