News International 'considered sponsoring academy school'
News International considered sponsoring a City Academy in east London, according to evidence published by the Leveson inquiry.
James Murdoch, former chairman of the company, said that it discussed sponsoring a school in Newham at a location that would be “en route to an event at the Olympic Park”.
Mr Murdoch said he was “supportive of the proposal” and had been awaiting a further briefing. However, the project did not proceed.
The proposed sponsorship emerged after Mr Murdoch was asked for a “full account of all interactions relevant to this process” with Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, before his appearance at the inquiry.
The inquiry requested information about the interests of News Corporation, News International’s parent company, in the UK education sector, “including but not limited to any interest in the establishment of one or more free schools”.
Mr Gove, a former executive at The Times newspaper, has criticised the inquiry, condemning its “chilling” effect on press freedom. The Times is owned by News International.
Read more ... (Daily Telegraph - 25 April)