A British news channel, Channel 4, has released secret recording of Rupert Murdoch talking to The Sun Journalists regarding police looking into corruption at his newspapers in Britain.
The secret tape was recorded earlier in 2013 when Murdoch went to London to meet some of his reporters who worked for his corporation and later got arrested over the phone hacking scandal involving, now defunct, News Of The World.
Many British newspapers including The Sun went through a string of arrests over illegal payments to police officers. Murdoch in the tape is referring to those investigations.
“I mean, it's a disgrace,” he says in the secret recording. “Here we are, two years later, and the cops are totally incompetent ... why are the police behaving in this way? It's the biggest inquiry ever, over next to nothing.”
A reporter joins the conversation saying, “It would be nice to hit back when we can.” To which an angry News Corp chief replies, “We will.”
Rupert Murdoch in the leaked tape also hinted at who would probably succeed him as head of the media empire. “The decision would be – well, it will either be with my son, Lachlan, or with Robert Thomson [Murdoch's chief executive at News Corp],” says Murdoch.
The tape was released on Wednesday and just hours after it emerged in the news, British Member of Parliament Tony Watson called on Rupert Murdoch to be questioned by police.
Watson said in an in interview to Channel 4, “What he seems to be saying there is that they stopped co-operating with the police before the Sun staff started to rebel. And what I would like to know is what are they sitting on that they've not given the police. And I'm sure that this transcript and this audiotape should be in the hands of the police tomorrow because I hope that they're going to be interviewing Rupert Murdoch about what he did know about criminality in his organization.”
You can listen to the controversial tape in the video link below: