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Official records show that Rupert Murdoch had multiple meetings with government representatives, including the then Chancellor Rishi Sunak, before stepping down as News Corp chair. There were concerns raised about the influence of media barons on the government.
Official records of government meetings, analysed by the campaign group Hacked Off, show that the former head of News Corp personally met government representatives 12 times between October 2022 and September 2023, including five meetings with the prime minister.
Rupert Murdoch's meetings with the UK government are part of a larger issue, as there were 534 meetings between the press and the government in a 12-month period. This raises concerns about the influence of media barons on the government's decision-making process.
The actor and Hacked Off campaigner Hugh Grant called for an end to secretive meetings between media barons and the government, after the records showed that there were 534 meetings between the press and the government over a 12-month period.