Highlights: Murdochs apologize, testify to being humbled

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Posted: Jul 19, 2011 10:08 AM
Highlights: Murdochs apologize, testify to being humbled

LONDON (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch and his son James apologized to the British parliament Tuesday over a hacking scandal that has engulfed News Corp.

Following are highlights of their testimony to the House of Commons committee on Culture, Media and Sport.

JAMES MURDOCH: "First of all I would just like to say how sorry I am and how sorry we are to particularly the victims of the illegal voicemail interceptions and to their families.

"It is a matter of great regret, of mine, of my father's, and everyone at News Corporation. These actions do not live up to the standards that our company aspires to everywhere around the world and it is our determination to put things right, to make sure these things do not happen again and to be the company that I know we have always aspired to be."

RUPERT MURDOCH: "I would just like to say one sentence. This is the most humble day of my life."

JAMES MURDOCH: "I have no knowledge and there is no evidence that I am aware of that Mrs Brooks or Mr Hinton or any of those executives had knowledge of that and their assertions, certainly Mrs Brooks' assertion to me, of her knowledge of those things has been clear. Nonetheless those resignations have been accepted on the basis that there is no evidence today that I have seen or that I have any knowledge of, that there was any impropriety by them."

(Reporting by Paul Sandle, Paul Hoskins and Neil Maidment; editing by Rosalba O'Brien)