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Cameron testifies over Murdoch links

posted 14 Jun 2012, 04:42 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 14 Jun 2012, 04:42 ]

British Prime Minister David Cameron begins testifying in front of the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

UK-CAMERON - British Prime Minister David Cameron appears before an inquiry into media ethics that is likely to investigate his ties to media tycoon Rupert Murdoch.


"I think a lot of the evidence that has been put forward in the session you've had in which people have talked about the growth of 24-hour news culture, the fact that things move so fast, means that I think newspapers have been put in a difficult position because the news has been made and reported long before they've reached their deadlines and they publish their papers the next day. So I think newspapers have moved more towards trying to find impact, trying to find an angle on a story, rather than - as would have been the case before 24 hour news and all the rest of it - just reporting on what had happened the day before."

Cameron's once cosy ties with Murdoch's inner circle mean he is under pressure to pull off a virtuoso performance at the inquiry.

Cameron, who set up the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics himself last year after a newspaper phone-hacking scandal erupted, is due to be questioned for at least five hours, streamed live on television.