According to Michel, this was the agreement already made between Hunt and Murdoch to get past the regulators by News Corp offering to “spin off” Sky News at some point. Once this was publicly announced, Michel recorded, Hunt was of the opinion that “its almost game over for the opposition.”
An email on January 24 shows that James was supplied with the wording of Hunt’s official statement for delivery the following day, in time for the opening of the stock market.
“Confidential: Managed to get some infos on the plans for tomorrow . Press statement at 7.30am…”
The Guardian reported, “Almost immediately after Hunt’s trip, James Murdoch visited David Cameron in London, and privately told him that News Corp had agreed to switch support to the Tories in the upcoming election. Hunt then became culture secretary in the victorious Tory government.”