The U.K. government won’t increase the amount it pays for brand-name medicines in 2014 and 2015 and will raise the total by less than 2 percent a year in the following three years under an agreement with drugmakers.
U.K. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt told Prime Minister David Cameron he backed News Corp.’s planned takeover of British Sky Broadcasting Plc a month before Cameron appointed him to review the bid, a media-ethics probe heard.
Prime Minister David Cameron defended his December 2010 decision to put Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt in charge of reviewing News Corp.’s bid for British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc, rejecting accusations of partiality.
U.K. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who faced calls for his resignation over his handling of News Corp.’s 2010 bid for British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc, said he was now a “hero” once again and refused to rule himself out as a future prime minister.
Rupert Murdoch will give evidence on his relationship with U.K. politicians a day after an inquiry’s probing of his son James ended with calls for Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt to quit over his dealings with News Corp.
U.K. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, fighting calls for his resignation over contacts between his office and News Corp. during a takeover bid, blamed an aide for “unintentionally” going too far as he denied any wrongdoing.
News Corp.’s chief European lobbyist told an inquiry he pushed for secret documents and meetings with U.K. government officials that were considered a conflict of interest during its bid for British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc.