Cameron apologizes for hiring convicted editor

JILL LAWLESS
June 24, 2014
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FILE - This is a Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 file photo of Andy Coulson, former News of the World editor and former aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at the Central Criminal Court in London. Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been convicted of phone hacking, on Tuesday June 24, 2014 but fellow editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted after a months long trial centring on illegal activity at the heart of Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron has apologized for hiring Andy Coulson as his communications director, after the ex-tabloid editor was convicted of phone-hacking.

Cameron said after the verdict was reached Tuesday that he wanted to give a "full and frank apology" for having appointed Coulson.

"It was the wrong decision and I am very clear about that," Cameron said.

Former News International executive Rebekah Brooks was acquitted of the charges.