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Culture, Media and Sport Committee: Rupert Murdoch

On 19 July 2011, Rupert Murdoch gave evidence to MPs on the phone-hacking scandal, telling the culture, media and sport committee that it was "the most humble day of my life".

The hearing was the first time Rupert Murdoch had faced direct parliamentary scrutiny by MPs in his 40-year UK media career.

His son, James, the chief executive of News Corporation International, apologised to victims of phone hacking and their families.

"It is a matter of great regret of mine, my father and everyone at News Corporation," James Murdoch said.

"These actions do not live up to the standards our company aspires to."

Faced with a series of questions from Labour MP Tom Watson, Rupert Murdoch paused extensively and his son James made several attempts to intervene.

However, Mr Watson told him: "Your father is responsible for corporate governance, and serious wrongdoing has been brought about in the company.

"It is revealing in itself what he does not know and what executives chose not to tell him."

Another Labour MP, Paul Farrelly, asked Rupert Murdoch if it was possible that executives at Mr Murdoch's companies only tell him what they think he wants to hear.

While denying that those closest to him would behave this way, Rupert Murdoch conceded: "There may be people who try to please me... that could be human nature, and it's up to me to see through that."

The News Corporation boss did defend his trade, saying that he was proud of his own father, describing him as a "great journalist" who had also been in conflict with the British establishment.

Speaking at the end of the session, Rupert Murdoch said: "We now know that things went badly wrong at the News of the World.

"For a newspaper that held others to account, it failed when it came to itself."

Proceedings were briefly suspended around two hours into the hearing, when a man tried to throw a foam pie at Rupert Murdoch but was fought off by a group of people, including Mr Murdoch's wife, Wendi.

The man was detained by police and the hearing resumed.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson has resigned in the wake of the scandal that saw the closure of the News of the World and the resignation of former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks - who testified after the Murdochs.

The government has announced the creation of a judge-led inquiry into phone hacking, focusing on press ethics and the extent of wrongdoing by the police and the press.

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