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This exhibit contains copies of emails from electronic searches undertaken by
Linklaters in the limited time available of the emails of Frederic Michel. Mr Michel,
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Europe, News
Corporation was News Corporation’s Director of Public Affairs in Europe during
the BSkyB proposal to make an offer. A search of his emails has been
undertaken for this reason.
The emails evidence discussions with politicians and their advisers who were
directly or indirectly involved with the government decision-making relating to the
BSkyB proposal to make an offer. We have not included documents relating to
prospective meetings where it is not clear that the meeting in fact took place.
Mr Michel was centrally involved in discussions with Vince Cable’s office and
Jeremy Hunt’s office.
Mr Michel has explained to Linklaters that he did not have separate and
direct conversations with Jeremy Hunt from 24 December 2010 until end of
July 2011 relating to the BSkyB proposal to make an offer beyond formal
meetings he attended with the News Corporation team. Mr Michel hasexplained that the "JH" or "he" in his emails are short hand for Jeremy
Hunt’s team: most of the direct contact being with Jeremy Hunt’s advisors
Adam Smith and John Zeff. In addition, Mr Michel has explained that
references to Mr Clegg in the email in December 2010 are not based ondirect contact with Mr Clegg but with Mr Clegg’s chief of staff Jonathan
It is possible that other employees of the News Corporation Group may have had
discussions on the subject. It has not been possible in the time available to searchcomprehensively for all such contacts.
Mr Michel has informed Linklaters that he first got involved in the BSkyB proposalto make an offer around the time of its first announcement in or around July 2010.
Initially, he would have been dealing with Vince Cable’s office, in particular, Giles
Wilkes, an aide to Mr Cable. In December 2010, when oversight of the bid moved
from Mr Cable to Mr Hunt, Mr Michel then had dealings with Jeremy Hunt’s
advisors Adam Smith and John Zeff.Linklaters LLP
12 April 2012