The Culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt was within a few hours of signing off the BSKyB bid and giving consent for the takeover to Rupert Murdoch.
BSkyB decided to drop the their bid for the remaining 61% of shares for the company. Ofcom are now looking at News Corp to see if they are a "fit and proper" company to hold a broadcasting licence in this country, this will concern BSKyB's 39% stake in the company. The regulator has not yet ruled.
So Jeremy Hunt DID speak to Fred Michel and on the day that Hunt made a statement to the House. (Before he made the statement)
Does Jeremy Hunt remember having a conversation with Fred Michel on 11th July 2011, on the very same day that the Culture Secretary was to give a statement in the House of Commons? Does Jeremy Hunt and David Cameron deem this acceptable behaviour to be having such a conversation on the day Hunt is to speak in the house on this matter?
When Jeremy Hunt got to his feet in the House to make his statement:
Yet Mr Hunt had already told Fred Michel earlier that day that he was going to expose what he referred to as "Labour's politicisation of a regulatory/legal process" and also warned him to expect that some Labour MPs would use the opportunity to make further revelations regarding News International and Fred Michel was then able to warn James Murdoch about it. So Hunt informed Michel and James Murdoch about something he had not even had the courtesy to inform the leader of the opposition about!
TO: Murdoch~ James ( Newscorp ~_ Anders0n, Matthew
(NewsCorp), ]; Antonio.Bavasso
Andrea Appelia( Newscorp ) I11’11!
From: ’ Michel, Frederic
Sent: Mon 11 07 2011 ¢ 2:25:21 PM.
,Subject: HUnt statement at 4.15 - infos
Just spoke to JH, He won’t add anything news in his statement from this morning’s letters.
He’will expose the politicisation by Labour of a regulatory/legal process.
We can also expect some Labour MPs to use the opportunity, to make further revelations
regarding N I.