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News Corp UK Newspaper CEO Rebekah Brooks Resigns

Rebekah Brooks, the Chief Executive of News International, Rupert Murdoch's British subsidiary, has resigned over the phone hacking scandal. Writes Brooks in her resignation letter:

Brooks “At News International we pride ourselves on setting the news agenda for the right reasons. Today we are leading the news for the wrong ones.

“The reputation of the company we love so much, as well as the press freedoms we value so highly, are all at risk.

“As chief executive of the company, I feel a deep sense of responsibility for the people we have hurt and I want to reiterate how sorry I am for what we now know to have taken place.

“I have believed that the right and responsible action has been to lead us through the heat of the crisis. However my desire to remain on the bridge has made me a focal point of the debate.

“This is now detracting attention from all our honest endeavors to fix the problems of the past.

Meanwhile, the developments continue as scrutiny of the Murdochs intensifies:

The hacking scandal has freed British lawmakers, who have long lived in fear of [Murdoch's] power. They issued a summons to Murdoch and his son James to appear before a parliamentary committee investigating the scandal — a step that would have been unthinkable until recently.

In the U.S., the FBI has begun a preliminary inquiry based on concerns in Congress over a report that News Corp. sought to hack into the phones of Sept. 11 victims, Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday at a press conference in Australia, where he was attending a meeting of attorneys general from several nations.

SKY News, one of Murdoch's networks, covers the resignation, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. She should have gone ages ago.

    Posted by: sylvatica | Jul 15, 2011 8:46:43 AM

  2. Shocked.

    But she'll start back enough soon enough.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 15, 2011 9:18:41 AM

  3. [Stephen] Fry and [Hugh] Laurie had Murdoch nailed 16 years ago in one of their skits...

    Posted by: CB | Jul 15, 2011 9:26:48 AM

  4. About bloody time. Anybody who tries to defend her should just look at how she treated an openly gay politicion, Chris Bryant after he made her admit that her paper paid the police for information. She deserves everything she gets.

    Posted by: Liz | Jul 15, 2011 9:29:28 AM

  5. He will put her somewhere else, maybe in the US. She knows too much and he owes her for 22 years of loyalty to him.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jul 15, 2011 9:39:40 AM

  6. Well I don't know what she knew or didn't know, authorized or didn't authorize. But I know that she should be indicted, tried and convicted and do time for that hair.

    Posted by: jp | Jul 15, 2011 10:34:42 AM

  7. What about all the corruption in the police dept and the pols that were sources for Murdoch? Where is this going?

    Posted by: anon | Jul 15, 2011 10:56:44 AM

  8. What bout deleting the voicemail of the 13 year old girl who pleaded for her life, and was found dead a few days later? That message could have lead to her rescue! This morning the NY TImes and many other American news outlets are reporting that the FBI is investigating News Corp/Fox News in illegal tapping of 9/11 victims phones. Owning 60% of Sky News, all of Australian news, a Fox News, a percentage of CNN, The WSJ, NY Post, LA Times, HULU, Fox Entertainment (yup, that "Glee!" guys!), AND his wife Wendi Deng donates much of their money to the Chinese communist government AND condemning the 9/11 Mosque when the second largest shareholder of News Corp is the major financial backer of the Mosque I REFUSE to give a cent to News Corp. Vote with your dollars!

    Posted by: Cory | Jul 15, 2011 11:49:14 AM

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