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Murdoch refused to say, citing an ongoing investigation.

Asked whether he would close The Sun if evidence of phone hacking emerged there, he declined comment.

Separately, Scotland Yard chief Bernard Hogan-Howe announced Thursday that police were working their way through some 300 million emails from News International.

Some 120 officers and staff are investigating the phone hacking scandal. The force said it had contacted less than a third of the News of the World’s nearly 6,000 potential victims.