Murdoch Apologizes for Handling of Scandal

News Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch on Thursday said he should have more quickly addressed allegations of unlawful newsgathering practices at the company’s now-closed News of the World tabloid, a statement that came during a public grilling that focused on whether the company had been cavalier in its handling of the scandal.

During a second day of questioning under oath by a judge-led public inquiry examining British media practices, Mr. Murdoch repeatedly sought to draw a sharp contrast between News of the World — which he called an “aberration” — and the company’s other newspapers. Moments of contrition over News of the World’s problems alternated with others in which he lashed out at rivals, critics and others who “love attacking me.”

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