News Int. confirms £2mln hacking payout to girl's family

21st October 2011, Comments 0 comments

News International confirmed Friday it would make a payout of £2 million ($3.1 million, 2.3 million euros) to the family of the murdered girl at the centre of Britain's phone-hacking scandal.

Chairman Rupert Murdoch said he would make a personal donation of £1million to charities chosen by the family of Milly Dowler, saying it "underscores my regret" for the actions of the now-defunct News of the World.

"When I met with the Dowlers in July, I expressed how deeply sorry I was for the hurt we had caused this family," Murdoch said in a joint statement relased by News International and the Dowler family.

"The behaviour that the News of the World exhibited towards the Dowlers was abhorrent and I hope this donation underscores my regret for the companys role in this awful event.

"I also hope that through the personal donation something positive can be done in memory of their daughter."

Reports of the settlement first emerged in September but had not been confirmed by the firm.

The News of the World was shut down in August after a public outcry when it emerged a private investigator working for the Sunday tabloid hacked into the dead girl's voicemail after she went missing in 2002.

The 13-year-old's remains were found six months later in a forest.

© 2011 AFP

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