London, 4 July
Rupert Murdoch has been recorded saying wrongdoing by his British newspapers was “next to nothing” and apparently acknowledging that his reporters paid police officers for information.
In a tape published in transcript by the ExaroNews journalism website and broadcast yesterday on Channel 4 News, Murdoch is heard saying, “it’s the biggest inquiry ever, over next to nothing”.
“It’s a disgrace. Here we are, two years later, and the cops are totally incompetent,” said Mr Murdoch, who is executive chairman of News Corp.
The outlets said the tape was recorded during a meeting with journalists at The Sun newspaper in March.
Mr Murdoch told them: “We’re talking about payments for news tips from cops: that’s been going on a hundred years.”
Several Sun staff have been charged as part police investigations into phone hacking and bribery spurred by the revelation two years ago that Mr Murdoch’s News of the World routinely eavesdropped on the mobile phone voicemails of celebrities, politicians, royals and crime victims.