News of the World, one of News Corp.’s British tabloids, has said that it will apologize and admit liability in some of the phone-hacking incidents for which it is currently being investigated, the BBC reports. This comes just days after the paper’s chief reporter and its former news editor were arrested in connection with the scandal—the first arrests made since the inquiry was reopened. There are currently 24 active cases in the investigation.
The News Corp. subsidiary that owns the tabloid, News International, admitted in a statement that "past behaviour at the News of the World in relation to voice mail 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 were not sufficiently robust."
News International also said that they hope to have their lawyers "establish a compensation scheme with a view to dealing with justifiable claims fairly and efficiently.”
According to the BBC, News of the World plans to pay out less than £20 million to its victims. BBC business editor Robert Preston believes most claims would be settled for less than £100,000 each and said that News International was offering to settle with eight of its high-profile victims, including actress Sienna Miller and former culture secretary Tessa Jowell. Four other alleged victims have already reached out-of-court settlements, including celebrity publicist Max Clifford, who reportedly received £1 million.