Rebekah Brooks, former 'News of the World' editor, resigns post at News International

Here’s some front-page news the now-defunct News of the World would not welcome: Rebekah Brooks, the chief executive of News International who was once News of the World editor, has decided to resign from her post following a phone hacking scandal. This past weekend, the U.K. newspaper — which had been an established tabloid overseas since 1843 — folded following allegations that News of the World had tapped into the phones of over 4,000 people, including 13-year-old murder victim Milly Dowler. Since then, Brooks, who served as editor during some of the more serious supposed hacking, had been pressured to resign. “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,” she said in a statement. “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.”

Brooks also said her mere presence was distracting the corporation from solving its problems. “As you can imagine, recent times have been tough. I now need to concentrate on correcting the distortions and rebutting the allegations about my record as a journalist, an editor, and executive,” she said in the statement. One person likely happy about this development? Actor and hacking victim Hugh Grant, who helped take down News of the World with an investigative piece for the New Statesman.

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  • Wicked&Truth

    Bloody frickin time!!

    • Ngozi

      I don’t blame mslyef. You see, Mr. Gittes, most people never have to face the fact that at the right time and the right place, they’re capable of ANYTHING.

  • Brock

    She’s only sorry she got caught. Given the sheer volume of hacking that occurred, there’s no way she didn’t know about it.

    • Questionable actions

      Yes, agreed considering the requests for huge amounts in pay-outs being made to corrupt cops and private detectives for the phone hacking services and illicit information should certainly catch the attention of the higher-ups like her but nothing was done to stop these during the years when she was top editor of the NOTW. It’s impossible that she did not know about this. She just looked the other way happily printing any scoops that might come from the illegal activities. Now she is reaping the fruits of those illicit activities.

  • reena

    no matter what rupert will take care of her which is a shame and sad for the over 100 people who now have no job because of her! i read another article where he said he is “tired” of all of this and wants all the “lies” to stop i bet the countless number of people who’s phones were hacked are also “tired” of him! i hope he and his son and brooks all rot they deserve whats coming to them dont dish out the dirt if you can’t handle it being thrown back at you!!!

    • Krishana

      Ironic that a meeting about otininbag information via secret recordings for the benefit of a news company which has now been disbanded because of those practices, has been secretly recorded for the benefit of another news company

      • Silverio

        I live in Idaho and Idaho state law requires all diverrs to have Liability insurance. No bonds. That’s the system I’m experienced with, so if your state government has some different law, sorry I didn’t know about it.

  • topazbean

    I think you’ll find most people at News of the World would welcome the news very much, since they largely feel their jobs were sacrificed to save hers.

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