Rupert Murdoch has spoken out for the first time since the phone hacking scandal exploded in Britain.
In an interview with his own Wall Street Journal, Murdoch said that he thinks his company, News Corp, has handled the crisis surrounding it "extremely well" and has only made "minor mistakes," and that the organization will bounce back.
That may raise some eyebrows, though in some ways there is little any company could have done to stem the rising tide of public and political outrage that the scandal has engendered in past weeks. Murdoch himself has cut a rather elusive figure, being mostly photographed coming in and out of cars and making no extended public statements. When News Corp withdrew its $12 billion bid for BSkyB, it was the company's COO Chase Carey who released a statement, not Murdoch himself. He also tried to avoid appearing before the House of Commons to give evidence about the scandal until, in a move that is rarely required, a personal representative from the chamber turned up at his office with a summons. Murdoch told the paper that he wanted to clear up "lies" that had been told about him in Parliament.
The interview with the Journal was presumably conducted before news broke that the FBI is conducting an investigation into News Corp's alleged hacking of the phones of 9/11 victims. Murdoch did not address those claims, but said he was setting up an independent committee to investigate the company's misconduct.
The reports, he said, were "pure rubbish. Pure and total rubbish." In addition, Murdoch pledged his loyalty to his son, James, who has been deeply implicated in the hacking scandal.
15/07/2011 16:55 BST
Check Out This List Of Chequers Guests
15/07/2011 16:41 BST
|@ paulwaugh : No.10 sources say meeting btw Cam n Coulson at Chequers was "to thank him for the work he had done for us"|
15/07/2011 16:31 BST
More On That Coulson Visit
|@ nicholaswatt : Ivan Lewis on Coulson visit to Chequers in March: This is yet more evidence of an extraordinary lack of judgment by David Cameron #notw|
15/07/2011 16:17 BST
Rupert Murdoch To Meet The Dowler Family, BBC Report.
15/07/2011 16:00 BST
Yvette Cooper Is Calling For Meetings Between Police And News International To Be Published
"We need full disclosure of all connections, relationships and meetings between the Metropolitan Police and News International, right now. It isn't enough to defer these issues to the judge-led inquiry, as the Mayor and Home Secretary seem content to do."
15/07/2011 15:49 BST
Full Text Of The Murdoch Apology
15/07/2011 15:44 BST
The Telegraph Report:
|@ christopherhope : EXCLUSIVE: Andy Coulson was a guest at Chequers in April, Downing Street to reveal today. That's three months after he quit. Developing.|
15/07/2011 15:38 BST
Sky News Report
|@ SkyNewsBreak : Sky sources: Rupert Murdoch to say tomorrow "we are sorry for the wrongdoing that occurred"|
15/07/2011 15:17 BST
The Guardian Report
|@ nicholaswatt : David Cameron releasing details of meetings with all media proprietors and editors since he became Tory leader #notw|
15/07/2011 15:05 BST
Who Would Play Brooks In Hackgate, The Movie?
Rebekah Brooks has resigned, and the question everyone wants to know is who will play her in the hypothetical film of the phone hacking saga.