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>> this is "bbc world news america," reporting from washington. >> i would like to say that this is the most humble day of my life. >> rupert murdoch and his son james r. and not see. the british law makers grill them over what they knew about the scandal. a dramatic attack interrupt the hearing. -- is due to die in texas tomorrow. it is now one of his victims fighting to save his life. hoping to make a splash, the london olympics. we follow one british athlete training hard to make the cut. welcome to our viewers on pbs
and america. shocked, appalled, ashamed, the words that rupert murdoch used before lawmakers. that was his reaction tuesday phone hacking scandal that has unraveled his empire and sent shock waves through the military -- through the metropolitan police. they apologized for the hurt that was caused but they claimed that they were not responsible. the proceedings were interrupted by protesters with a plateful of foam. >> the moment when two of the world's most powerful media moguls, rupert murdoch and his son,, arrived to be held to account for the way that there company invaded the privacy of
individuals. >> do you have anything to say about the phone hacking? >> they yielded huge power at the top of the british and world media industry. >> i would just like to say one sentence, this is the most humble day of my life. >> they are reporting on rottenness. the media directing a lens at the u.k.'s biggest u.k. newspaper company. there has never been anything quite like this. what did the murdoch's know about the alleged abuse? not as you mutt -- not as much as you might think. >> i need to say something. this is not an excuse, maybe an explanation. "the news of the world," is less
than 1% of our company. we employ many people around the world who are ethical and distinguished. they are professionals. i am watching and appointing people to my trust. >> the revelation only 15 days ago of the alleged acting, the instigation of the "news of the world," and the murdoch family having to explain themselves. >> when did you find out that the criminality was endemic? >> in >> is a very wide ranging word. -- endemic is a very wide- ranging word. i have to be careful not to
interfere with the search for justice taking place right now. i was absolutely shocked, appalled, and ashamed when i heard about the case. >> was there a coverup given that most of the alleged phone hacking and illegal bribing haping between 2002 and 2006. became the chief executive said he was not made aware of the content of the e-mail that was uncovered earlier this year. >> if i knew now what we knew -- if i knew then what we know now, we would have taken more action and work faster to get to the bottom of the allegations. >> he said that he relied on
advice from his lawyers and the extent of malpractice was limited. >> one of the things that was gone back and looked out by the senior people was that file and it was looked at, it was opened up and looked at and it was very rapidly brought to our attention. >> when did this happen? >> again, this is between april, may, june. >> when was a given to the police? >> i believe it was engine. >> what some will seek as shocking was a confirmation that the company was paying the legal defenses of a private detective hired by the "news of the world," to illegally half the phones of individuals long after was president. >> you have behaved disgracefully. >> i would like to do that but i don't know the status of what
we're doing or indeed what his contract was. >> what of the friends of high places, mr. murdoch is seen as the maker and breaker british prime ministers. >> i was invited to have to cut the sea and to be thank for all the support from mr. cameron. -- i was invited to have a cup of tea. >> from high drama, to the circus. a cup of fight to the face. >> do you need to leave at this time? >> no. >> why not? >> people that i trusted let me down and i think that they behaved disgracefully and betrayed the company and me and it is for them to pay. i think frankly, i'm the best person to clean this up.
>> many questions are unanswered about who it to -- who committed the appalling actions and who knew what when. murdoch will not be seen as broken by today's ordeal. there will be years to wait before the decision by a judge. >> it was a revelation about a murder victim milly dowler milly dowler -- phone.owler's hacked this is what rebekah brooks had to say about the incident. >> i don't know anyone in their right mind who would sanction anyone listening to the voice mail of milly dowler in those circumstances. i just don't know anyone who would think that was a right and proper thing to do at this time or any time. i know that we know a lot more now but that is all i can tell
you. >> many of the details were first revealed in "the guardian," newspaper. we're joined by the deputy editor tonight. thank you for joining us. do you believe the murdochs did not know about the phone hacking? >> it is very difficult to say. rupert murdoch's performance was quite extraordinary. he seemed to be tried to convince the world that he was a doggery old chap who had no idea what was going on in his company. a lot of the time i felt convinced of that. one of the striking things was that this was probably the end of the rupert murdoch era. this was probably the performance that will convince most shareholders that he is the person to be running this company. >> what about james murdoch? >> he put it in a controlled
performance using words extremely carefully. he was very well coached. he had very careful legal advice. he said nothing that you could point to and say that he knew what was going on. he was in a lot of difficulty particularly about signing the check for a million pounds. he maintained that he had no idea that part of the evidence in this case was that there was more "and use of the world," journalist involved. -- a news of the world," journalists involved. >> this is a day of parliamentary theater. did you find out anything that you did not know before? >> we found out that -- has an awesome right hook. i don't think it was a day for great forensic discovery. one of the most interesting things that emerged were in another room when some of the
former senior policeman in all were testifying to the mps. we've learned some subtle but quite significant things, perhaps the most striking of which was that david cameron's chief of staff had declined a briefing from detectives about the hacking. tomorrow, when the drama substantially moves to politics and westminster, david cameron will have some quite difficult questions to answer. >> you personally advised one of david cameron's senior aides. his director of communication had hired a private investigation. how damaged car they buy this? >> we have not seen any killer blows. -- how damage are they buy this? >> there is a steady accretion
of things. the ones that were given to downing street about the chief of to medication's relationship with a man facing trial. there is also the issue of what the met to tolidine police did or did not tell down the street at the time. the general picture is that david cameron was putting his fingers in his ears and say that i don't know what anyone will have to tell me about andy coulson. each time there is another meeting -- move and the story, david cameron will have a lot to answer. >> we have seen the fallout and this is felled around the world. people tune in to watch the murdoch testimony. -- we have seen the fallout and this is being felt around the
world. the news corp. shareholders, do they have confidence in rupert murdoch? i see that shares closed up in news corp.. >> i think was a good day for the murdoch's. there was a lot of questions, would this be a huge disaster. they came away with that when any damage to themselves. i thought that james murdoch gave a very strong performance. he stayed on script in the face of tough questioning. he was apologetic to the families and victims of the hacking scandal. he said again and again that we set up a compensation committee for the victims. for he looked confident without seeming arrogant. i think he did a good job. >> you think that he can still succeed rupert murdoch? >> i think that he has a long way to go. he is not out of the woods.
there is still ongoing investigations and there will be a lot of questions that will continue to rise. in terms of surviving the day, he came out much stronger than 24 hours ago. >> if there are criminal prosecutions, either of the phone hacking or allegedly bribing uk police officers, can the company remain as dominant here? >> i think that that is a big if at this point but there are a lot of questions. i think the employees at news corp. media properties are nervous, shareholders are nervous. there are questions about what this means for the future of the company. a lot of questions i am hearing is where is the push stock -- the push back on rupert murdoch? shareholders have said this is like a family business, this is a public business. there needs to be strong vertex in place to make sure whether it
is an independent board of directors, someone comes in and challenges rupert murdoch on some of these issues going forward. -- there needs to be some strong checks in place. i think that investors want to see that. >> thank you for joining us. president obama said that negotiations over the debt ceiling have reached the 11th hour. in a statement, he praised a new proposal that would cut 4 trillion dollars in the debt over 10 years through a mix of tax increases and spending cuts. israeli forces have stopped a french-flagged boat going toward the gaza strip in an attempt to break the blockade. the boat has now been taken to an israeli port. up to 70 people on board, including a french impi, and an israeli journalist. in just over 24 hours from now, -- is dead to be put to death in
texas. he is paying for crimes in the wake of 9/11. in his words, he was attacking anyone considered an arab. now, one of his surviving victims is actually fighting to save his life. >> the death row in livingston texas. the murders. rapists, pedophiles waiting here for the execution date. this week, it is -- turn. he killed two people and wounded another in the weeks following september 11th, 2001, targeting anyone that he considered to be era. he met us on his last opportunity. >> i was an angry american. we stereotyped people. we want stereotyping all muslims
as terrorist. -- we were stereotyping all muslims as terrorist. it was wrong. >> at the time, he claims that he was being a patriot. they targeted asian-americans that were working in petrol station. he confessed that he carried out in shooting in retaliation for what happened on 9/11. >> the open fire with a double barrel shotgun in my face. >> it blinded you in one night. >> it blinded me in one night. -- it blinded me in one of i -- one eye. >> now he is campaigning to save andy coulson -- mark stroman's life.
>> his execution will not eradicate hate crimes but will simply lose another human life. >> mark stroman thinks a reprieve is unlikely and he is prepared for his death. >> this is like a dog going to the pound. i should be at hunt's bill by 2:00 and if all goes well, i will be dead by 6:30. -- i should be at hunts still -- huntsville by 2:00. >> there's still tension between muslims and non muslims in the u.s. stopping this execution is a small step toward bringing this community together. >> he can talk to the people, those that were as ignorant as him. there is a chance we can have a better society. execution is not a solution in this case. >> with out a last-minute reprieve, mark stroman will be
executed by lethal injection. >> you are watching bbc world news america. still to come off, hoping to swim for olympic glory. one teenager is carrying a heavy load to compete at the highest level. in japan, it has been four months since the devastating earthquake and tsunami and now the country has banned exports of cattle from the area around the fukushima nuclear plant for fears of radiation. >> japanese beef is prized for its quality. now there is concern about contamination. animals from some farms around the nuclear plant had been fed strong containing radioactive material. it was discovered when the beasts were examined in a laboratory and now the government has banned shipments from fukushima prefecture.
for >> i have given orders to the governor of fukushima to stop the shipment of all cattle to the meek treatment center. >> the meat from hundreds of animals had already been sent to shops nationwide. it might have voted been eaten. >> i am worried because i have children. there is a continuing problem with beef. >> we have been told that it is ok as long as we don't continue to eat meat. i am trying not to think about it. >> this is the latest scare about contamination. already, it has been found in green tea. even the tap water here in tokyo. in the air, radiation can be carried very far. once it gets into the food chain, it can travel all around the country. >> four months after the fukushima plant was shattered by explosions, it is still leaking radiation. today, the government announced some success in the operation to
get the crisis and to control. workers have set up a system to clean tens of thousands of tons of contaminated water. the next step is to bring the reactors to and shutdowns which is likely to take the rest of the year and beyond. >> in india, the u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton vowed cooperation between the two countries on intelligence sharing and counter-terrorism operations. the announcement was made in delhi and she went on to found at the obama administration will not ease pressure on neighboring pakistan. -- she went on to vow that the obama administration will not ease pressure on neighboring pakistan. >> this used to be rare. now they are routine. both countries are determined to
strengthen their strategic global partnership, defense and regional security or on the agenda. the agreed to work closer together in afghanistan as the u.s. agreed to pull out its troops. hillary clinton praised the recent resumption of talks between india and pakistan. >> we think this is the most promising approach to encourage both sides to build more confidence between them and work to implement the kinds of steps that will demonstrate the improved atmosphere that is so necessary for us to deal with the underlying problem of terrorism. >> she also said that terrorism was on everyone's minds following last week's bombing of mumbai which killed 20 people. the attack revealed once again
the vulnerability of the indian cities and the police who are investigating. the security agencies should work closer together to prevent future attacks. the focus of the next page of the visit will be on business and the economy. hillary clinton is leaving delhi and is moving south where she will be visiting a factory. all of this going to show how important india has become to the u.s. and the fact is the relationship between these countries have never been warmer than they are today. >> in london, the preparations are in full swing for the summer olympics. this will get underway in just under a year's time. among those hoping to compete is a british swimmer who is balancing the full life of a teenager and a desire to compete at the highest level.
>> this is a girl who can make a splash. she switched last year from representing kenya to start swimming for great britain. her goal is to be at the olympics. she often trains two times a day, once before school and once after. >> getting up at 5:00 in the morning is not get easier. >> she started swimming at the age of four when she was with her family. she was born in the u.k. and decided to return here to pursue her dream. she boarded at plumas college. -- plymouth college.
while most teenagers find it hard to drag themselves out of bed in the morning, she has been years since the crack of dawn. she is incredibly committed to his swimming but she is focused on her school work. after a cup of coffee, it is off to school where she is studying for her a levels. she has her work to perfect and friends to catch up with. this is all before the end of school. >> sometimes i get really stressed and fed up. you have to deal with this situation that you are given and you have to deal with both of these things. >> she made a contentious start before representing england. she has struggled.
she took a five week break partly because of exams and has now missed out on the squad for the championships in china. like any athlete, getting to the olympics will take you syndication and self belief. >> i will do this. as it comes closer and closer, it becomes a realization of the possibility. so, i am it a bit more unsure of where i can get to. >> her coach says that she has the talent. she just needs the resolve and determination to die then -- to dive in. >> that brings us to the end of the broadcast. from all of us, thank you for watching, we will see you tomorrow.
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