Anger over Hunt and Murdoch meeting
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been criticised by Labour MPs for meeting News Corporation boss Rupert Murdoch on the fringes of the Olympic Games.
John Mann said it was "quite inappropriate" for Mr Hunt to chat with the media mogul, while Jim Sheridan said he appeared to show "no contrition" over his handling of News Corp's bid for satellite broadcaster BSkyB.
But a source close to the Culture Secretary said the meeting was no more than a chance encounter after the pair separately attended swimming events at the London 2012 Aquatics Centre
ITN captured footage of Mr Murdoch waving to Mr Hunt after he spotted the Government minister outside the swimming venue in east London.
The two men shook hands and smiled as they exchanged a few words before parting, but their conversation, lasting less than a minute, was not recorded.
An aide to Mr Hunt told the Press Association: "They were both at the swimming and bumped into each other and shook hands and said hello. That's all there was to it. I think they were talking about the swimming."
Mr Murdoch was at the Aquatics Centre as a guest of London Mayor Boris Johnson, while Mr Hunt is a regular visitor to the Olympic venues in his capacity as Culture Secretary.
Mr Mann told the Press Association: "Hunt just doesn't seem to be able to help himself. He is repeatedly careless and this is another example of it. It's quite inappropriate, after what has happened, that the two of them should be together at any stage. He should be avoiding Rupert Murdoch like the plague."
And Mr Sheridan, a member of the Commons Culture Committee which carried out an inquiry into phone-hacking at the News Corp-owned News of the World, said it appeared the relationship between Mr Hunt and Mr Murdoch was "as close as ever".
Mr Murdoch has faced questioning on the hacking of mobile phones, including that of teenage murder victim Milly Dowler, by both the MPs' committee and the Leveson Inquiry into press standards.