Rupert Murdoch: 'I Failed'

News Corp mogul continues Leveson testimony
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2012 7:46 AM CDT
In this image from video, News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch appears at Lord Justice Brian Leveson's inquiry in London, Wednesday April 25, 2012.   (AP Photo/Pool)

(Newser) – Rupert Murdoch apologized today over the News of the World hacking scandal, admitting "I failed." He said he didn't pay enough attention to the tabloid, calling that lack of attention "an omission by me" during his second day of testimony at the Leveson inquiry into media ethics. "I am very sorry about it," he added, particularly to the "innocent people … who lost their jobs" as a result. He also suggested employees at the tabloid had attempted to cover up the extent of the scandal, and blamed subordinates for not telling him what was going on, the New York Times reports.

He particularly slammed NotW editor Colin Myler, the Telegraph adds, saying he would have chosen a different editor because "I can think of stronger candidates." He also criticized his own son, noting that he was surprised by the large size of a 2009 settlement with Gordon Taylor and saying that James was "pretty inexperienced." Click for more on the inquiry.

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