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Daily Mail boss tops GQ’s list of Most Influential Media Men in Britain

While Boris Johnson, riding on the tails of London’s Olympic glory, has taken the top spot in GQ’s 100 Most Influential Men in Britain in its February issue the media figures include bloggers, newspaper owners and columnists. The top media figure is Daily Mail owner Johnathan Harmsworth with indications that he is taking a more hands on approach to the business following the appointment of Geordie Greig at the Mail on Sunday last year.

The Mail scores very well in the list with Harmsworth joined by Mail Online editor, Martin Clarke, and Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre.

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Former News International lawyer Tom Crone is latest to be arrested

It is being widely reported that Tom Crone, the former head of legal at News International, has been arrested by Metropolitan police detectives investigating phone hacking.

He is the third News International member of staff, past and present, to be arrested in the last few days.  Read more on Former News International lawyer Tom Crone is latest to be arrested…

Sunday Mirror reporter is one of two journalists arrested as Elveden spreads

A Sunday Mirror journalist,  Justin Penrose, is one of two journalists who have been arrested today by Police officers from Scotland Yard investigating allegations of payments to public officials.

Trinity Mirror confirmed that one of the two journalists arrested is Sunday Mirror crime correspondent Penrose whose arrest signals the widening of the Operation Elveden  investigation beyond News International. Read more on Sunday Mirror reporter is one of two journalists arrested as Elveden spreads…

Guardian floated the idea of supporting David Cameron and Tories to Coulson

Andy Coulson has told the Leveson inquiry this afternoon via his witness statement that The Guardian had told him that the idea of the paper supporting David Cameron and the Conservatives at the 2010 general election was not out of the question. Read more on Guardian floated the idea of supporting David Cameron and Tories to Coulson…

Cameron texted Rebekah Brooks before she quit NI, claims biography

David Cameron: Practically a ConservativeMore details of the closeness of the relationship between David Cameron and Rebekah Brooks have emerged as the former News International chief executive prepares to go before the Leveson inquiry this week.

It has emerged in a biography that Cameron texted Brooks in the week she quit as News International boss over the phone-hacking scandal. The book claims that Cameron told her to her to keep her head up. Read more on Cameron texted Rebekah Brooks before she quit NI, claims biography…

Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks to appear at Leveson inquiry next week

With last week’s Leveson inquiry featuring James and Rupert Murdoch, here, here and here, the stage has been set for another riveting piece of media television as Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks take to the stand next week.

The appearance of the former News of the World editor and N0 10′s head of communications, Coulson,  could make very uncomfortable viewing for David Cameron. Read more on Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks to appear at Leveson inquiry next week…

Live blog – Murdoch at the Leveson inquiry, day two

We’re back with more live coverage of News Corporation chief executive Rupert Murdoch at the Leveson inquiry.

Today he’s covered the period relating to the phone hacking scandal and the closure of the News of the World and admitted personally failure. Read more on Live blog – Murdoch at the Leveson inquiry, day two…

Live blog – Rupert Murdoch at the Leveson inquiry

Highlights so far -

Says Downing Street “don’t want me to be photographed going in the front [door of No 10]“.

- Check out our Storify of some of the top #Leveson tweets today

- Murdoch says he was surprised when Cameron hired Andy Coulson.

- Murdoch talks about Gordon Brown recounts how the former PM said no alternative to make war on your company.”

- Jeremy Hunt makes is statement to the house of commons

- Murdoch talks about his relationship with Tony Blair and New Labour

- Hunt’s adviser Adam Smith resigns.

- Hacking and private investigators are a lazy way of journalists doing his job

- Sadly says he never interfered with the News of the World

- Says The Sun has never been a better newspaper than it is now

- “If you want to judge my thinking look at The Sun.”

- Has never pushed commercial interests in his papers.

- Murdoch wants to put certain myths to bed

- Says “Don’t take my tweets too seriously … “

 

14:48 – That’s it we’re done for the day and back tomorrow.

14:34 – Jay brings up how Murdoch’s relation with Alex Salmond improved after 2007 after no contact for seven years. From 30 October 2007 there was frequent contact. Rupert Murdoch is a fan of the First minister and SNP leader.

Murdoch says he has a warm relationship with Salmond who he has been in contact with about his Scottish heritage and a “rough, tough” play in New York.

He says that the idea of Scottish independence is “nice” but that he’s “not convinced”. Read more on Live blog – Rupert Murdoch at the Leveson inquiry…

Leveson inquiry: James Murdoch and Hunt’s contact with News Corp over BSkyB bid

James Murdoch’s appearance at the Leveson Inquiry has shone an uncomfortable light on News Corporation’s abandoned takeover of BSkyB and Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt’s role in the process.

Emails released as part of the inquiry suggest Hunt was in close contact with News Corp during the Autumn of 2010 as the media giant tried to gain full control of BSkyB. Read more on Leveson inquiry: James Murdoch and Hunt’s contact with News Corp over BSkyB bid…

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