Murdoch expected to twist the knife at UK inquiry

LONDON (AFP) – Media baron Rupert Murdoch arrived at Britain’s press ethics inquiry on Wednesday primed to heap pressure on the government after revelations that left a minister fighting for his job.

His appearance came a day after dramatic evidence from Murdoch’s son James showed that culture minister Jeremy Hunt’s office leaked information to Murdoch’s News Corporation about its bid for full control of pay-TV giant BSkyB.

As Murdoch headed for the Leveson Inquiry at London’s Royal Courts of Justice accompanied by his Chinese-born wife Wendi, British headlines described the fast changing events as the ‘Revenge of the Murdochs’.

Hunt, who is lead minister for the Olympic Games which open on July 27, faced calls to resign as he was charged with the decision on whether the takeover should be allowed to go ahead.