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James Murdoch Denies Improper Lobbying in BSkyB Takeover

4/24/2012 2:31 PM Eastern

James Murdoch faced tough questions over from the Leveson inquiry Tuesday in London over News Corp.'s lobbying during the failed BSkyB takeover, his close ties to British politicians and the company's involvement in illegally hacking into voicemails.

During four hours of testimony, he denied seeking to improperly influence political leaders over the BSkyB takeover, which was eventually derailed by the voicemail hacking scandal, and continued to maintain he had been misled by subordinates on the extent of wrongdoing at the now defunct News International tabloid, News of the World.

James Murdoch resigned as executive chairman of the company's U.K. newspaper arm in February of 2012 and in early April resigned as chairman of BSkyB.

He remains on the board of News Corp. and BSkyB.

The Leveson inquiry into press ethics in the U.K. has released a number of emails and documents detailing close ties between senior British politicians and the Murdoch family.

According to the Associated Press, the documents and testimony covered "20-odd dinners, lunches, breakfasts and other meetings with Prime Ministers David Cameron, Cordon Brown and Tony Blair between 2004 and 2010. Murdoch was also in close contact with British treasury chief George Osborne...and Conservative minister Jeremy Hunt, who went so far as to describe himself as 'a cheerleader for Rupert Murdoch's contribution to British television.'"

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