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British lawmakers to recall Murdoch

A recording of Rupert Murdoch was leaked.

A recording of Rupert Murdoch was leaked.

LONDON — British lawmakers will recall Rupert Murdoch to London for further questions about a leaked recording in which he appeared to dismiss evidence of wrongdoing at his UK newspaper titles, a senior parliamentarian said Tuesday.

The recording — obtained by the ExaroNews website and broadcast on Britain’s Channel 4 — caught Murdoch describing the allegations against his journalists as ‘‘next to nothing,’’ boasting that his lawyers were refusing to actively cooperate with investigators, and speaking dismissively about accusations of bribery leveled against his newspaper empire.

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‘‘We’re talking about payments for news tips from cops,’’ he was quoted as saying. ‘‘That’s been going on a hundred years.’’

The recording — allegedly made secretly when Murdoch addressed staffers from The Sun newspaper in March — made waves in Britain because it appeared at odds with Murdoch’s public condemnations of illegal behavior at his newspaper titles. When Murdoch last appeared before parliamentary committee members, just after the scandal over phone hacking broke two years ago, he struck an apologetic tone, saying the appearance was ‘‘the most humble day of my life.’’

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Hacking phones or corrupting police officers to win scoops was ‘‘totally wrong,’’ he told lawmakers at the time.

Associated Press

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