Murdoch breaks silence to ‘deplore’ phone hacking
Rupert Murdoch today condemned allegations that staff at the News of the World hacked phones and paid police officers as "deplorable and unacceptable".
But the media mogul backed Rebekah Brooks to continue as chief executive of News International, the paper's publisher.
His statement, following allegations that murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler's mobile phone was hacked, came as David Cameron bowed to mounting pressure to hold a public inquiry into the scandal and MPs lined up to condemn journalistic practices at the News of the World in an emergency debate in the House of Commons.
Mr Murdoch, who is chairman and chief executive of News International's parent company, News Corporation, said: "Recent allegations of phone hacking and making payments to police with respect to the News of the World are deplorable and unacceptable.
"I have made clear that our company must fully and proactively cooperate with the police in all investigations and that is exactly what News International has been doing and will continue to do under Rebekah Brooks' leadership.
"We are committed to addressing these issues fully and have taken a number of important steps to prevent them from happening again.
"I have also appointed Joel Klein to provide important oversight and guidance and Joel and Viet Dinh, an independent director, are keeping News Corporation's board fully advised as well."