LONDON, July 15 News Corp Chief
Executive Rupert Murdoch has written a personal apology to be
published in British newspapers for the hurt suffered by people
targeted by phone hacking at his News of the World tabloid.
The apology will be carried in all national newspapers this
weekend under the headline "We are sorry". The text was released
by the company's News International UK arm.
"The News of the World was in the business of holding others
to account. It failed when it came to itself," Murdoch wrote in
an article signed off "Sincerely, Rupert Murdoch".
"We are sorry for the serious wrongdoing that occurred. We
are deeply sorry for the hurt suffered by the individuals
affected," he added.
"In the coming days, as we take further concrete steps to
resolve these issues and make amends for the damage they have
caused, you will hear more from us."
The public disgust that erupted over reports that
the News of the World may have hacked into the voicemails of
murder victims and other vulnerable people prompted Murdoch to
close the News of the World and pull a $12-billion bid to buy
the 61 percent of British pay-TV broadcaster BSkyB he
does not own.
(Reporting by Keith Weir; Editing by Jon Hemming)