James Murdoch has written to the influential UK parliamentary committee investigating a phone hacking scandal to apologise and restate his own innocence ahead of a potentially damaging report that could determine his future in Britain.

The 39-year-old son of Rupert wrote to the committee to accept responsibility for failing to uncover the criminal behaviour and apologise to all those affected.

I did not know about, nor did I try to hide, wrongdoing, he said in the letter published by the committee on Wednesday.

Whilst I accept my share of responsibility for not uncovering wrongdoing sooner, I did not mislead parliament and the evidence does not support any other conclusion.

(Reporting by Kate Holton)