Embattled British politician Jeremy Hunt told reporters today in London that he would hand over private correspondence to the UK inquiry into media ethics. Hunt has come under fire since it was revealed Tuesday that there may have been inappropriate communication between his office and that of James Murdoch during the BSkyB bid process. Hunt held a quasi-judicial role in the deal, which News Corp ultimately aborted when the phone-hacking scandal rocked its UK press interests. Today, Hunt said, “I will be handing over all my private texts and emails to my special adviser to the Leveson Inquiry and I am confident they will vindicate the position that I handled the BSkyB merger process with total integrity.” Hunt’s adviser Adam Smith fell on his sword earlier this week after James Murdoch’s testimony at the inquiry revealed stacks of email correspondence between Smith and News Corp’s public affairs chief Fred Michel. The British Labour Party has called for Hunt’s resignation.
U.K. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt To Turn Over Emails, Texts On BSkyB Bid Process
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