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Rebekah Brooks Resigns From News International Over Phone Hacking Scandal

LONDON - Rupert Murdoch's key London executive Rebekah Brooks has resigned after 11 days of growing political pressure over the phone-hacking scandal.

Brooks told staff at a meeting at International’s Wapping headquarters just early Friday morning that she is exiting her role as News Interntional chief executive.

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She told staff her resignation had been accepted by both Rupert Murdoch and James Murdoch.

“While it has been a subject of discussion, this time my resignation has been accepted,” Brooks said in a statement.

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Her high profile exit comes as the situation at News International continues to unravel and the fall out spreads across the Atlantic to the U.S.

"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," Brook said in a statement.

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"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 endeavours to åfix the problems of the past."

It will free her up to contribute freely to “all the current and future inquiries, the police investigations and the CMS appearance,” Brooks said.

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She, alongside the Murdochs, are due to give evidence to the Culture Media and Sport select committee Tuesday.

The FBI is also launching an inquiry into the possible phone-hacking of 9/11 victims and News Corp.'s most senior executives are now being forced to battle the deepening crisis on multiple fronts.

Read her full memo to staff after the jump. [pagebreak]

Message from Rebekah 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 endeavours to fix the problems of the past.

Therefore I have given Rupert and James Murdoch my resignation. While it has been a subject of discussion, this time my resignation has been accepted.

Rupert’s wisdom, kindness and incisive advice has guided me throughout my career and James is an inspirational leader who has shown me great loyalty and friendship.

I would like to thank them both for their support.

I have worked here for 22 years and I know it to be part of the finest media company in the world.

News International is full of talented, professional and honourable people. I am proud to have been part of the team and lucky to know so many brilliant journalists and media executives.

I leave with the happiest of memories and an abundance of friends.

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.

My resignation makes it possible for me to have the freedom and the time to give my full cooperation to all the current and future inquiries, the police investigations and the CMS appearance.

I am so grateful for all the messages of support. I have nothing but overwhelming respect for you and our millions of readers.
 
I wish every one of you all the best.

Rebekah