LONDON (AP) — James Murdoch defended his record at the head of his father's British scandal-tarred newspaper arm, saying Tuesday that he had been given assurances by subordinates "which proved to be wrong."
Murdoch was testifying at Lord Justice Brian Leveson's inquiry into media ethics to answer questions about his role in the phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World tabloid.
The 39-year-old Murdoch said he had no reason to doubt his subordinates when he took over at News International, which published the News of the World, in 2008.
"I do recall receiving assurances around journalistic ethics, codes of practice on a number of occasions," he told Leveson. Murdoch repeated earlier claims that his lieutenants had misled him about the scope of the illegal behavior in the News of the World's newsroom.
"I was given assurances by them, which proved to be wrong," he said.
Revelations that reporters at the News of the World had hacked into the phone of a teenage murder victim led Murdoch's father Rupert to close the 168-year-old newspaper and triggered three U.K. police investigations, more than 100 lawsuits, and Leveson's inquiry into media practices.
Murdoch has found himself sucked into the center of scandal, with critics saying that he should have found out about the wrongdoing once he took over.
Murdoch stepped down as chairman of News International in February and resigned from his post as chairman of British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC earlier this month — moves seen by many as efforts to distance himself from the scandal.
He told Leveson that he left his position at BSkyB because "I wanted to avoid being a lightning rod."
Rupert Murdoch, who is still chairman and chief executive of News International's parent company News Corp., will appear before the inquiry on Wednesday.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The student center at University of Bridgeport was evacuated after smoke was reported coming from the roof, Wednesday evening.
As the one year mark approaches, a Newtown mother is remembering her son by helping another family honor their lost children.
Three young men in Norwich are facing assault charges for allegedly shooting paintballs at pregnant women and their children.
The court arraignment of a Central Connecticut State University student accused of wearing a costume that triggered a massive police response to the campus has been delayed another month.
Yesterday we saw our first snowfall across the state. Many kids had their first snow days and many of you called in to tell us how you felt about the weather. Lots of you questioned why there were so many school closings and cancellations …
This story spreads positivity one paw at a time with how a therapy dog owner and her four legged friend are 'saying it forward.'
Thousands of Connecticut residents are experiencing long delays in the processing of SNAP/food stamp assistance and applications for the children's HUSKY health plan.
New London police are looking for two men who they say pulled a violent home invasion on Lee Avenue. Two masked men beat a man in front of his little girl and it looks like the whole thing may have been triggered by a picture on Facebook.
Federal labor officials have accused an automotive metal forging company in Plantsville of health and safety violations involving electrical hazards and inadequate training and safe work procedures.
The University of Connecticut is getting out of the municipal water business.