Premier League - Murdoch makes Hillsborough apology
Thu, 10 Nov 16:00:00 2011
News International's executive chairman James Murdoch has apologised 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 Walton MP Steve Rotheram as he gave evidence about the News of the World phone-hacking scandal to the Commons Culture, Media and Sport 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 committee: "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."