The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

When I joined the paper -- I joined the paper just after the Times had endorsed Labour at the general election and the Sunday Times had endorsed the tories, and it seemed quite clear to me that these were papers that were free to express themselves, politically and in all things, as they saw fit. In my experience, I should say, Rupert Murdoch had a number of undertakings when he bought the papers in 1981 and they are quite expressly made that there should be no interference in the opinion of the paper, in the political commentary of the paper, and my experience of that is that he's always respected that.

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