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Murdoch Apologizes Over Scandal; Two Executives Out

Rebekah Brooks
Rupert Murdoch has apologized to victims of criminal phone hacking by one of his tabloids and accepted the resignations of News Corporation's top two newspaper executives, Rebekah Brooks and Les Hinton.

The media magnate made a personal apology to the parents of a murdered schoolgirl in what appeared to be an admission that the tabloid "News of the World" -- then edited by Brooks and overseen by Hinton -- had in 2002 hacked into the voicemails of their missing daughter.

Murdoch apologizes for "serious wrongdoings" by "News of the World," in full-page advertisements signed by him, in Britain's main national newspapers today.

"News of the World" illegally hacked into the voice-mail messages of thousands of people, including officials, members of the British royal family, and victims of crime and terrorist attacks in both Britain and the United States.

U.S. prosecutors are also conducting an investigation into News Corporation's tactics in the United States.

compiled from agency reports