Thursday 24 May 2018

We’re sorry: Murdoch apologises over Hillsborough

NEWS International boss James Murdoch todat apologised today for The Sun’s coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy, when 96 Liverpool fans were killed by crushing in overcrowded spectator pens.

Mr Murdoch was put on the spot by Liverpool MP Steve Rotheram as he gave evidence about the phone-hacking scandal to a British House of the Commons committee.

He accepted that it was “wrong” for The Sun to have printed allegations about the behaviour of Liverpool fans under the headline “The Truth”.

Mr Murdoch told the MPs: “I would like to add my full apology for the wrong coverage of that affair. I would like to add my voice to the successive editors of The Sun and chief executives of News International who since that incident have apologised.

“It was wrong to do so. It was 22 years ago and I was far away and a much younger person and had no involvement or proximity to it, but I have since looked at it and I am aware of the concerns and the hurt it caused and it is something we are very sorry for, and I am as well.”

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