James Murdoch Grilled Over Political Influence

James Murdoch faced tough questions about News Corp.’s political influence in Britain — especially with a key government minister — and his handling of a scandal over illicit reporting tactics at the company’s British tabloids, during a public grilling before a judge-led inquiry into U.K. media practices.

The News Corp. deputy chief operating officer’s testimony comes a day before his father, News Corp. Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch, is scheduled to appear at the inquiry, which is preparing recommendations for the U.K. government on how to regulate the press.

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