Is Jeremy Hunt a “cheerleader” for the Murdochs?

James Murdoch today denied culture secretary Jeremy Hunt was a "cheerleader" for News Corp - yet the evidence says otherwise, reports Shamik Das.

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James Murdoch today denied culture secretary Jeremy Hunt was a “cheerleader” for News Corp.

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Asked by Robert Jay QC at the Leveson Inquiry if Hunt was a “huge ally” of News International, he replied “I wouldn’t think so”, rejecting suggestions he called on Hunt to “oil the wheels” of News Corp’s takeover bid for BSkyB.

He later said he thought it “unfair” when Jay referred to “your cheerleader Mr Hunt”.

So, what exactly does Mr Hunt think of Rupert Murdoch? Here’s what he said about him – on his own website:

“Rather than worry about Rupert Murdoch owning another TV channel, what we should recognise is that he has probably done more to create variety and choice in British TV than any other single person because of his huge investment in setting up Sky TV, which, at one point, was losing several million pounds a day.

“We would be the poorer and wouldn’t be saying that British TV is the envy of the world if it hadn’t been for him being prepared to take that commercial risk. We need to encourage that kind of investment.”

Cheerleading, gushing, fawning, call it what you like, but sceptical of the Murdochs Hunt was not.

 


See also:

BSkyB takeover referred to Competition Commission as more revelations emerge 11 Jul 2011

News Corp/BSkyB takeover decision “delayed until September” 7 Jul 2011

A slow motion death for critics of NewsCorp/BSkyB deal 30 Jun 2011

Campaigners ignored as Murdoch gets go ahead 3 Mar 2011

Murdoch and Ofcom – why ownership matters 7 Jan 2011


 

Also at the Leveson Inquiry today, James Murdoch revealed he had discussed the BSkyB takeover bid with David Cameron over Christmas dinner with Rebekah Brooks at her Chipping Norton mansion – just days after Murdochphile Hunt had been given sole power to decide on the bid, after Vince Cable had been stripped of the role.

 


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23 Responses to “Is Jeremy Hunt a “cheerleader” for the Murdochs?”

  1. Daniel Elton

    @suey2y If this isn't jemery Hunt 'cheerleading' for the Murdochs, I'm not sure what counts as cheerleading: //t.co/83LRzlED #leveson

  2. Daniel Oliver

    Jeremy Hunt, or “JH” to you and me, a “cheerleader” for the Murdochs? Perish the thought! //t.co/0zeX5I2D #Leveson

  3. David Gillon

    Jeremy Hunt, or “JH” to you and me, a “cheerleader” for the Murdochs? Perish the thought! //t.co/0zeX5I2D #Leveson

  4. Tim Ireland

    Jeremy Hunt, or “JH” to you and me, a “cheerleader” for the Murdochs? Perish the thought! //t.co/0zeX5I2D #Leveson

  5. Jonathon Louth

    Jeremy Hunt, or “JH” to you and me, a “cheerleader” for the Murdochs? Perish the thought! //t.co/0zeX5I2D #Leveson

  6. J.Teigland

    Is Jeremy Hunt a “cheerleader” for the Murdochs? //t.co/0zeX5I2D by @ShamikDas #Leveson

  7. D Brady

    Jeremy Hunt, or “JH” to you and me, a “cheerleader” for the Murdochs? Perish the thought! //t.co/0zeX5I2D #Leveson

  8. Martin Steel

    Jeremy Hunt, or “JH” to you and me, a “cheerleader” for the Murdochs? Perish the thought! //t.co/0zeX5I2D #Leveson

  9. Brooke Fisher

    Is Jeremy Hunt a “cheerleader” for the Murdochs? | Left Foot Forward //t.co/lJe8hzU4

  10. Iainburnshill

    Follow the money?

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  12. Inside Croydon

    Now onto Jeremy Hunt, "JH" – Murdoch's "cheerleader": //t.co/o3i3rZYZ #PMQs

  13. Martin Steel

    Now onto Jeremy Hunt, "JH" – Murdoch's "cheerleader": //t.co/o3i3rZYZ #PMQs

  14. Chris Roberts

    It was always going to be difficult for @jeremy_hunt to appear entirely even-handed in the BSkyB merger: //t.co/o3i3rZYZ #leveson

  15. kevin adams

    Ah, @jeremy_hunt's "sympathy" for the bid before he was in a quasi-judicial position: //t.co/o3i3rZYZ #leveson #murdoch

  16. Nemesis Republic

    Ah, @jeremy_hunt's "sympathy" for the bid before he was in a quasi-judicial position: //t.co/o3i3rZYZ #leveson #murdoch

  17. Pucci D

    Jeremy Hunt, or “JH” to you and me, a “cheerleader” for the Murdochs? Perish the thought! //t.co/0zeX5I2D #Leveson

  18. Bristol NUJ

    Ah, @jeremy_hunt's "sympathy" for the bid before he was in a quasi-judicial position: //t.co/o3i3rZYZ #leveson #murdoch

  19. Tristram Wyatt

    It was always going to be difficult for @jeremy_hunt to appear entirely even-handed in the BSkyB merger: //t.co/o3i3rZYZ #leveson

  20. Anonymous

    is that Hunt but spelled with a C……

  21. Robert Bowers

    Ah, @jeremy_hunt's "sympathy" for the bid before he was in a quasi-judicial position: //t.co/o3i3rZYZ #leveson #murdoch

  22. Shamik Das

    So, is "JH" a cheerleader for the Murdochs? Judge for yourself… //t.co/vVnk9W9J #bbcqt

  23. Jos Bell

    So, is "JH" a cheerleader for the Murdochs? Judge for yourself… //t.co/vVnk9W9J #bbcqt

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