David Cameron has defended his decision to have dinner with Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News International, just a few months before a political decision was made concerning Rupert Murdoch’s purchase of BSkyB, saying he has “dinners with editors, journalists and proprietors all of the time”.
Talking on the BBC’s Today programme, he called the accusations that the dinner affected the government’s decision to allow Murdoch to purchase the remaining shares in BSkyB with little political challenge “ridiculous”, and the meal had “absolutely nothing to do with the merger proposals which were put forward.
“The person in question is married to someone who is a very old friend of mine. I even occasionally meet people who work for the Guardian or the Independent, or the BBC, or whatever,” he added.
(Source: Press Gazette)
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