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Rupert Murdoch: I wish I'd closed the News of the World years ago

News International Rupert Murdoch has admitted to regretting not having closed the News of the World ‘years’ before he did, having done so after revelations over the hacking of murdered school girl Millie Dowler’s phone emerged last year.

Speaking at the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics today, and discussing the phone hacking at the News of the World, Murdoch admitted; “I’m sorry I didn’t close it years before and open the Sun on Sunday’.

Asked why he chose to close the newspaper rather than ‘tough it out’, Murdoch explained that the story was so damaging for the newspaper that he had to close it.

“It certainly hasn’t stopped excellent sales of The Sun every day or of our other newspapers. I think that this whole business of the News of the World is a blot on my reputation,’ he added.

"I'm glad we did it," he added soon after

Murdoch continues to give evidence at the time of writing.

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