Phone-Hacking Fallout: Rebekah Brooks Resigns As CEO Of News International

The former News Of The World editor told News International staffers in an email that she has become “a focal point of the debate” over the integrity of Rupert Murdoch’s news operations and that is “now detracting attention from all our honest endeavours to fix the problems of the past.” But the resignation suggests that Murdoch feels seriously threatened. His company is being investigated by UK police, Parliament, Prime Minister David Cameron, and now in the U.S. by the FBI. Earlier, Murdoch stood by Brooks even after he closed NOTW, abandoned his effort to buy BSkyB, and Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband publicly called on her to leave. Many people questioned why Brooks kept her job last week while hundreds of NOTW employees lost theirs. Brooks had been editor in 2002 when the paper tampered with voice mail messages of murdered 13-year-old Milly Dowler, leading her parents to believe she might still be alive. Brooks is being replaced by an executive with no connection to Murdoch’s newspapers and the scandal: Sky Italia CEO Tom Mockridge. Here’s the News International announcement: (more…)

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