Rupert Murdoch denies to the Financial Times accusations that he would interfere in the Wall Street Journal’s China coverage if his bid for the paper is successful:
Rupert Murdoch, News Corp’s chief executive, yesterday defended himself against accusations that he had allowed political pressure from the Chinese government to influence his business decisions.
Speaking to the Financial Times, Mr Murdoch rebutted the two cases most frequently cited as evidence of his meddling: the decision by publishing armHarperCollins to drop publication of a memoir by Chris Patten, the former Hong Kong governor, and the move by Hong Kong-based Star TV satellite channel to stop broadcasting BBC news in China. [Full text]
See also “China relations return to haunt Murdoch” from the FT.