Rupert Murdoch Feels ‘Hurt’ By Leaked Tape From Sun Staffers

News Corp. tycoon says he feels 'betrayed' by his tabloid's employees

LONDON — Rupert Murdoch has told friends that he feels “hurt” by the leak of a secret recording of a meeting with staffers at U.K. tabloid The Sun.

According to a report in Exaro News, the website that published parts of the recording in which Murdoch berates a police inquiry into the alleged crimes committed at his Brit newspapers, the media mogul has told allies that he was left shocked at the emergence of the tape.

David Dinsmore, the editor of The Sun, has told colleagues that Murdoch called him from the U.S. reportedly telling him: “I feel hurt by what has happened.”

He added that he felt “betrayed” by staff at the tabloid.

A few weeks ago, Murdoch came under fire after the leaked tape exposed the media tycoon telling employees that payments for news tips from police had “been going on a hundred years.”

He reportedly said to Sun staffers: “You didn’t instigate it.”

Murdoch’s reaction to the leak comes as U.K. police have opened a fresh line of enquiry in Operation Elveden and will look to investigate his personal knowledge of the malpractice of journos to pay public officials and police officers for news tips.

Exaro has passed on the three audio files of the recordings to the London Metropolitan Police.

Last Tuesday, Murdoch was invited to come back to U.K. Parliament to clarify evidence he gave to the select committee last year.

In response, News Corp. issued a statement that said: “Mr. Murdoch welcomes the opportunity to return to the select committee and answer their questions. He looks forward to clearing up any misconceptions as soon as possible.”

More Biz

  • Alan Horn Bill Tanner

    Alan Horn to Keynote Variety Business Managers Elite Breakfast, Bill Tanner to Be Honored

    Bill Tanner will be recognized with Variety’s 2019 Business Managers Elite Award at the annual Business Managers Elite Breakfast presented by City National Bank, which takes place in Beverly Hills on Nov. 13. Co-chairman and chief creative officer of The Walt Disney Studios Alan Horn will be the keynote speaker in conversation with Variety editor-in-chief, [...]

  • Smoke haze covers the Sydney Harbour

    Australia's Seven West to Merge With Affiliate Prime Media

    Australia’s Seven West Media has agreed a deal to acquire regional broadcast group Prime Media. The move is a further step in the consolidation of Australia’s traditional media industry. The two companies announced on Friday that Seven will make the acquisition entirely through the issue of new shares to the owners of Prime. Both companies [...]

  • Ron Meyer

    Ron Meyer Files $10 Million Suit Over Forged Rothko

    NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer has filed a $10 million suit against two art dealers, claiming they sold him a forged Mark Rothko painting in 2001. Meyer accuses Susan Seidel and Jaime Frankfort of duping him into buying the work. According to the suit, he was told that it would be included in an official [...]

  • Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein (L)

    Harvey Weinstein Seeks to Call Expert on 'Recovered' Memories at Rape Trial

    Harvey Weinstein’s attorneys are seeking to call an expert on “recovered memories” at his trial on rape and sexual assault charges. The defense has filed a motion asking to call Deborah Davis, a psychologist and professor at the University of Nevada at Reno. Davis is a frequent defense witness. She co-authored an article in 2006 [...]

  • Tekashi 6ix9ine Docuseries Coming From Showtime

    Tekashi 6ix9ine Docuseries Coming From Showtime and Rolling Stone

    Showtime Documentary Films today announced a new limited docuseries profiling controversial rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine. Titled “SuperVillain” and inspired by the Rolling Stone feature written by Stephen Witt, the three-part series will trace how a New York City deli clerk named Daniel Hernandez became superstar rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine — who racked up 2.6 billion streams and [...]

  • Fader Label Logo

    Fader Label Signs Two New Acts, Boosts Staff

    The Fader Label, home to Clairo, Matt and Kim and others, announced two new signings today along with three new hires on its staff. Charlie Burg and Zachary Knowles have joined the label’s talent roster, while Carson Oberg has come aboard as general manager, Yasmine Panah as project manager and Josh Hymowitz as label coordinator. They [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content