UK Culture Secretary accused of being 'Murdoch cheerleader' in BskyB ownership bid

   Apr 25, 11:24 am

London, Apr 25 (ANI): The long-running British tabloid newspaper scandal that has rocked Rupert Murdoch's media empire has taken a new turn with the New Corporation reveling that a senior cabinet minister worked covertly with them to help win approval for takeover of the BSkyB network.

UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt is now facing calls to resign after the Murdoch empire disclosed emails showing how he 'shared their objectives' to take full control of BSkyB.

The sensational cache showed Hunt's aides engaged in an extraordinary pact with News Corporation to push the deal through despite grave concerns from media watchdogs.

Emails, which revealed 'absolutely illegal' information being freely exchanged between government and big business, was published by the Leveson Inquiry into Press standards on the eve of Rupert Murdoch's testimony to the hearings, The Daily Mail reports.

According to the paper, Hunt had a legal obligation to be impartial over the bid as since December 2010 he was acting in a 'quasi- judicial' capacity, effectively as a judge rather than a politician, by overseeing representations.ut he was accused of being a ' Murdoch cheerleader' emails revealed that his office handed over information that even News Corp said was 'absolutely illegal'.

One of his advisers even told the Murdochs it was a 'game over' for the opponents of the eight billion dollar takeover.

News Corp announced plans to buy the 61 percent of shares it did not yet own in BskyB in early 2010.

It dropped the bid last July when it emerged that News of the World had hacked the phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler. (ANI)

Oxigen Wallet sponsors Sachin Tendulkar's Kerala Blasters Football Club Oct 6, 7:38 pm
New Delhi, Oct. 6 (ANI): Leading wallet service provider Oxigen has partnered with Kerala Blasters Football Club as their official payments solution sponsors. The Kerala-based club is owned by cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar. The team will be competing for top honours in the eleven-week long Indian Super League (ISL). The franchise finished runners-up on the back of a strong showing in the inaugural ISL season last year.
Full Story
Karnataka Governor urges Central European leaders to invest in India Oct 6, 6:19 pm
Bengaluru, Oct 6 (ANI): Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala has stated that India is an attractive market for Central European businesses, which provides them best returns.
Full Story
IT, agriculture, SME sector promises partnerships with Central Europe Oct 6, 6:19 pm
New Delhi, Oct 6 (ANI): FICCI in a report 'India and Central Europe: Harnessing Business Complementarities' has talked about emerging trends in the bilateral economic and business ties and potential areas for deep bilateral cooperation.
Full Story
Sensex ends 147 points up, Nifty trades ahead of 8,150 Oct 6, 5:31 pm
Mumbai, Oct. 6 (ANI): The market posted gains for the fifth consecutive day on Wednesday after remaining range bound throughout the day. The Sensex closed with a gain of 147 points at 26,932. Nifty on the other hand ended at 8,152.
Full Story