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Murdoch Was Angry Over Sun’s Elton John Story, Inquiry Hears

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News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch took a “hands-on approach” to his U.K. newspapers, the Sun tabloid’s former editor told an inquiry into press ethics, recounting Murdoch’s reaction to a story about Elton John.

Murdoch was angry about the Sun paying a 1 million-pound ($1.54 million) settlement to the pop singer over a false news story in 1987, the inquiry heard today from Kelvin MacKenzie, who edited the Sun from 1981 to 1994. The story wrongfully claimed Elton John had paid for sex with underage “rent boys.”