Murdoch's phone-hacking hacks finally apologise

strong>Rupert Murdoch's News International has finally admitted reporters at the News of the World regularly hacked into the mobile phones of well-known public figures and has issued an apology to some of the victims of its dodgy operations.

In a statement, Murdoch's outfit confessed: "Past behaviour at the News of the World in relation to voicemail interception is a matter of genuine regret.

"It is now apparent that our previous inquiries failed to uncover important evidence and we acknowledge our actions then were not sufficiently robust."

The eight people offered compensation by News International, alongside Miller and Jowell include Jowell's estranged husband, David Mills, Miller's stepmother Kelly Hoppen, sacked Sky Sports motormouth Andy Gray, publicist Nicola Phillips and former adviser to Lord Prescott Joan Hammell.

Prescott, who is suing the Metropolitan Police for failing to inform him that his phone may have been being hacked back in 2006 said: "The NoW has now admitted mass criminality." He said Murdoch's bid for control of satellite broadcaster BSkyB should be blocked while investigations into the hacking allegations are ongoing.

We scoured the online pages of News International's The Sun for mention of the scandal and couldn't find a dicky bird.