British Prime Minister David Cameron is standing by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt over his handling of Rupert Murdoch’s attempted takeover of satellite broadcaster BSkyB.
Downing Street said Hunt did not break the ministerial code of conduct by exchanging emails and text messages with News Corporation executives.
Hunt would later be given the task of overseeing with the bid by Murdoch’s News Corporation to buy out the remaining 61 percent of BSkyB.
He told the Leveson inquiry on Thursday that he would not have sent the messages had he known that he would be given this responsibility.
Hunt also admitted that he had previously been sympathetic to the takeover.
The deal had been expected to be approved by UK regulators.The European Commission had already given the green light.
But News Corporation’s UK newspaper arm became engulfed in a phone-hacking scandal and Murdoch decided to scrap the bid.