Murdoch: Hacking 'a blot on my reputation'

"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."

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Murdoch: phone hack 'cover up'

Rupert Murdoch has blamed a cover up at the News of the World for his failure to act earlier. According to Mr Murdoch, a lawyer at the paper concealed the extent of phone hacking.