Recording reveals Rupert Murdoch's fury at police over phone hacking probe
A secret recording has revealed Rupert Murdoch venting his anger at the continuing police investigation into the phone hacking and illegal payments scandals engulfing his media empire.
The News Corp boss was heard describing the treatment of journalists who had been arrested as a "disgrace" and suggesting that he regretted the extent to which the company had co-operated with the investigation.
The recording, obtained by the Exaro investigative website and which was broadcast by Channel 4 News, was said to have been made during a meeting with journalists from The Sun at his British newspapers' headquarters in Wapping, east London, in March.
"Still, I mean, it's a disgrace. Here we are, two years later, and the cops are totally incompetent," he said.
"The idea that the cops then started coming after you, kick you out of bed, and your families, at six in the morning, is unbelievable.
"It's the biggest inquiry ever, over next to nothing.
"And now they're arresting their own, who never even took money... They're going to put all newspapers out of business."
Mr Murdoch also appeared to suggest that any journalists who were convicted and jailed in connection with the inquiry could get their jobs back.