By Gautham Nagesh - 07/15/11 04:46 PM EDT
LONDON -- News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch apologized to the family of a murdered British schoolgirl on Friday afternoon and said he was ashamed of his company's conduct.
Murdoch appeared briefly outside an Aldwych hotel after meeting with the family of Milly Dowler. He acknowledged he was humbled and ashamed of reports News Corp. subsidiary News of the World hacked into Dowler's voicemail following her 2002 murder.
When asked if he apologized to the Dowler family, Murdoch replied "Of course."
Murdoch's first public appearance comes the same day News International CEO Rebekah Brooks resigned. Brooks was the editor of the News of the World during the period of the alleged phone hacking. The paper was shuttered Sunday.
The apology will do little to quell the storm of criticism facing Murdoch back in the U.S. The FBI said Friday they plan to investigate allegations the firm breached the voicemail accounts of 9/11 victims after a request from House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.). The Securities and Exchange Commission is also expected to investigate the bribery allegations.