Rupert Murdoch will be making an appearance at the Olympic Games this week, when he attends an evening of swimming finals as the guest of Boris Johnson, the mayor of London.
It will be Mr Murdoch’s first appearance in the public eye since he gave evidence to the Leveson inqury into press standards last May. A person familiar with his movements said that he would be visiting the aquatics centre in Stratford, east London, the main base for the Games, with his wife Wendi Deng.
The person said that Mr Johnson had invited Mr Murdoch because he was “the single biggest investor in British sport in recent years”, a reference to the billions of pounds that British Sky Broadcasting pours into buying the rights of Premier League football, cricket, rugby and other sports.
BSkyB is also the sponsor of the team which was responsible for the first ever British winner of the Tour de France, Bradley Wiggins, earlier this month.
Mr Murdoch has been at the centre of rumours that he would cut all his links with News International, a wholly controlled subsidiary of his News Corp media group. BSkyB is controlled by News Corp, which has 39.1 per cent of the shares.
The 81-year-old chairman and chief executive of News Corp was thwarted in his efforts to take full control of BSkyB when the phone hacking scandal erupted in July 2011 and his UK newspaper division became embroiled in a series of controversies that led it to withdraw a bid for the satellite broadcaster.