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For Distribution to CPs News Corporation K.R. Murdoch First Statement KRM 18 12 April 2012 IN THE MATTER OF THE LEVESON INQUIRY INTO THE CULTURE, PRACTICES AND ETHICS OF THE PRESS EXHIBIT KRM18 This is the exhibit marked KRM18 referred to in the witness statement of Keith Rupert Murdoch dated the 12t day of April 2012. PROP100001640 For Distribution to CPs Exhibit KRM18 This exhibit contains copies of emails from electronic searches undertaken by Linklaters in the limited time ava
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  For Distribution to CPs News CorporationK.R. MurdochFirst Statement KRM 18 12 April 2012 IN THE MATTER OF THE LEVESON INQUIRY INTO THE CULTURE, PRACTICES AND ETHICS OF THE PRESSEXHIBIT KRM18 This is the exhibit marked KRM18 referred to in the witness statement of Keith Rupert Murdoch dated the 12 t day of April 2012. PROP100001640  For Distribution to CPs Exhibit KRM18 This exhibit contains copies of emails from electronic searches undertaken by Linklaters in the limited time available of the emails of Frederic Michel. Mr Michel, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Europe, News Corporation was News Corporation’s Director of Public Affairs in Europe during the BSkyB proposal to make an offer. A search of his emails has been undertaken for this reason. The emails evidence discussions with politicians and their advisers who were directly or indirectly involved with the government decision-making relating to the BSkyB proposal to make an offer. We have not included documents relating to prospective meetings where it is not clear that the meeting in fact took place. Mr Michel was centrally involved in discussions with Vince Cable’s office and Jeremy Hunt’s office. Mr Michel has explained to Linklaters that he did not have separate and direct conversations with Jeremy Hunt from 24 December 2010 until end of July 2011 relating to the BSkyB proposal to make an offer beyond formal meetings he attended with the News Corporation team. Mr Michel hasexplained that the JH or he in his emails are short hand for Jeremy Hunt’s team: most of the direct contact being with Jeremy Hunt’s advisors Adam Smith and John Zeff. In addition, Mr Michel has explained that references to Mr Clegg in the email in December 2010 are not based ondirect contact with Mr Clegg but with Mr Clegg’s chief of staff Jonathan Oates. It is possible that other employees of the News Corporation Group may have had discussions on the subject. It has not been possible in the time available to searchcomprehensively for all such contacts. Mr Michel has informed Linklaters that he first got involved in the BSkyB proposalto make an offer around the time of its first announcement in or around July 2010. Initially, he would have been dealing with Vince Cable’s office, in particular, Giles Wilkes, an aide to Mr Cable. In December 2010, when oversight of the bid moved from Mr Cable to Mr Hunt, Mr Michel then had dealings with Jeremy Hunt’s advisors Adam Smith and John Zeff.Linklaters LLP 12 April 2012 PROP100001641  For Distribution to CPs COPY I To: Anderson, From: Sent: Tue 15/06/2010 8:42:31 AM Subject: Cable call Vince Cable call went very well.He did say he thought there would not be policy issue in this case . We should have recorded him !He didn’t seem much on top of it. He had seen the newspapers but not the announcement.JRM told him re-size of our group in the UK, jobs, growth. Cable appreciated.JRM indicated we would get back to his team to debrief them on the details asap,We discussed that it would not be necessary for him to see Cable too soon as we wouldn’t want to raisetoo much interest on the case. Cable said he was coming as planned tomorrow evening. JRM is keen to go see Kroes and others in Brussels next month. Fred. Frederic MichelDirector, Public Affairs, EuropeNews Corporation ~vw.neTscor_ c~o~ 31e12b59-61f6-4dde-adb4-d8498f285c80 20120321_426_REL089702-00001 201204043190000001. 1 PROP100001642  For Distribution to CPs COPY I /- . To.= Co: From: Michel, FredericSent: Tue 1510612010 4:23:40 PM Subject:: Hunt’s adviser Had a call from Hunt’s adviser. Said there shouldn’t be media plurality issue and I~elieved the UK Government would be supportivethroughout the process [ despite what the Standai~d for example is suggesting this evening].Keen for Jeremy to hear your feedback on his speech when you meet.Interesting ¯ Jeremy/Vaizey are now preparing a second speech which would be geared towards theeconomic/growth contribution of the creative industries [ employment, innovation,..].There ls a recognition that the speech was much more driven on concrete outcomes [ i.e. obsession withbroadband and local media networks] rather than outlining hew the UK media mari{et should look like.on broadba.ndlNGA, we have to work on Jeremy and manage his expectations, there will be anannouncement in mid-Ju!y and Sky is going to meet with him on it as well.I will be worldng with JeremylEd going for~vard to prepare it.Fred. Frederic Michel Director, Public Affairsl Europe News Corporation Tel: .....Mob:~ www.newscorp.o0m 34 be4c 0211900fldle fT17ccc-cSd0- ,a - - 20120321 426 REL089691-00001 0120399 300000001~ PROP100001643
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