Clarification from News International

London – January 19, 2012 – NI Group Ltd this evening issued the following statement on behalf of its wholly owned subsidiary News Group Newspapers (NGN), formerly the publisher of the News of the World:

“Today NGN agreed settlements in respect of a number of claims against the company. NGN made no admission as part of these settlements that directors or senior employees knew about the wrongdoing by NGN or sought to conceal it. However, for the purpose of reaching these settlements only, NGN agreed that the damages to be paid to claimants should be assessed as if this was the case.”