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Report: Rupert Murdoch Apologizes For Hacking

News Corporation Chief Rupert Murdoch took out ads in Britain's major newspaper apologizing for his company's role in a media scandal.(BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

July 16, 2011

Media magnate Rupert Murdoch took out full-page advertisements in British newspapers on Saturday, apologizing for his company's role in a phone-hacking scandal that has spread across the Atlantic.

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"We are sorry," the ads said, according to a report from Reuters. In the ads, which feature Murdoch's signature at the bottom of a letter to readers, Murdoch apologized for "serious wrongdoing" in a scandal that cost the resignation of two top editorial employees: Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of the News of the World, and Les Hinton, the head of Dow Jones—not to mention the public's trust. 

 

Murdoch shuttered the News of the World, a storied and profitable Sunday newspaper, after allegations that the paper hacked or tried to hack into the phone lines of subjects on which the paper was reporting.

The scandal reached the United States this week after Senators and congressmen called for investigations into News Corporation's American holdings. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that the Justice Department would look into the allegations.

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