News International bosses fell victim to a "cover-up" over the hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch told the Leveson Inquiry today.
Today's Leveson hearings focus on the relationship between David Cameron and Rupert Murdoch and the media boss' role in the hacking scandal.
Rupert Murdoch will answer questions on the phone-hacking scandal at the Leveson Inquiry today.
We consider James Murdoch’s conduct, including his failure to initiate action on his own account on a number of occasions, to be both difficult to comprehend and ill-judged.
Former News International legal manager Tom Crone has denied he was involved in a cover-up over hacking at the News of the World.
Rupert Murdoch has today told the Leveson inquiry he and senior executives were not informed, misinformed and "shielded" from what was going on as part of a cover-up.
Mr Crone says: "His (Murdoch's) assertion I 'took charge of a cover-up' in relation to phone-hacking is a shameful lie. The same applies to his assertions that I misinformed senior executives about what was going on and that I forbade people from reporting to Rebekah Brooks or to James Murdoch.
"It is perhaps no coincidence that the two people he has identified in relation to his cover-up allegations are the same two people who pointed out that his son's evidence to the Parliamentary Select Committee last year was inaccurate.
"The fact that Mr Murdoch's attack on Colin Myler and myself may have been personal as well as being wholly wrong greatly demeans him."
The Labour MP Tom Watson, a member of the culture, media and sport select committee which had previously questioned Rupert and James Murdoch, says he is unconvinced by Rupert Murdoch's appearance at the Leveson Inquiry.
The News of the World's former legal manager Tom Crone tonight denied allegations made by Rupert Murdoch that he was involved in a cover-up of phone hacking at the newspaper.
Ofcom has escalated its investigation into whether BSkyB remains a "fit and proper" owner of a broadcasting licence.
The media regulator has asked Rupert Murdoch's company News Group Newspapers - publisher of The Sun and the now-defunct News of the World (NotW) - to provide it with a series of documents relating to the civil litigation that the media company is involved in.
Rupert Murdoch's evidence to the Leveson Inquiry has ended.
"Thank you sir," he sad, "thank you very much."
Wendi Deng then told her husband to be quiet as he walked past journalists, putting her finger to her lips. Rupert hurried out of the room.
"It's going to be a blot on my reputation for the rest of my life," says Rupert Murdoch, referring to the interception of communications by staff at News of the World.
"It was was against the law, quite apart from the ethical side - it was totally wrong.
"We have examined 300,000,000 emails, of which 2,000,000 were chosen for closer examination.
"It led to the arrest and terrible distress of a number of families who have been with me for many years."
Rupert Murdoch says that any journalists who have been arrested or against whom allegations have been made are "on my staff until proven guilty."
He said that the "distress" caused to a number of families of journalists have caused him "a lot of pain."
Rupert Murdoch has launched into a long speech about the "disruptive" influence of the internet on the newspaper industry.
In 20 years, he says, "newspapers will have very small circulations."
"One day we won't be able to afford trucks and presses and we will be purely electronic."