Rupert Murdoch has written to the Guardian, asking the newspaper to stop attributing a "fake" quote to him.
The executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, which last week agreed an £11.7bn deal to takeover Sky, has taken issue with the following quote:
“When I go into Downing Street, they do what I say; when I go to Brussels, they take no notice.”
Murdoch said in the letter:
There is much fake news published about me, but let me make clear that I have never uttered those words. I have made it a principle all my life never to ask for anything from any prime minister.
The quote has been reported by numerous other publications.
According to the Guardian, it was first reported by the Evening Standard, whose columnist Anthony Hilton said:
I once asked Rupert Murdoch why he was so opposed to the European Union. ‘That’s easy,’ he replied. ‘When I go into Downing Street they do what I say when I go to Brussels they take no notice.’