Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has expressed regrets at comments he made to staff last year that the investigation into News Limited was incompetent and unfair and that he would look after staff who were found guilty of wiretapping and other charges.

The comments were in direct contradiction to statements he made to the official investigation known as the Levison Inquiry, were secretly recorded by a staff member at the time and were publicly released last week.As a result of the statements, Murdoch has been recalled to face further questions by a House of Commons sub-committee and has made a series of public statements retreating from the positions expressed in the secretly recorded meeting