However, the Guardian’s article already did its damage, helping to “fan the flames against News Corp, the Murdochs and Rebekah Brooks, and got tremendous attention in Parliament during discussions as an example of why the company and its execs weren’t ‘fit and proper’ to run BSkyB,” paidContent pointed out.
Today, News Int. CEO Rebekah Brooks announced her resignation in the wake of the phone hacking scandal at News of the World, the now-shuttered title in News Corp.’s stable of British newspapers.
“The reputation of the company we love so much, as well as the press freedoms we value so highly, are all at risk,” she wrote in a letter, according to The Associated Press. “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.”
The phone-hacking scandal is still unfolding, as yesterday Rupert and James Murdoch agreed to meet with the UK parliament’s media committee, and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investgations opened an inquiry into whether the company’s employees also hacked, or tried to hack, into private calls, voicemail messages and phone records of Sept. 11 victims and their families.
Image: Rupert Murdoch and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in a photo taken after The Sun ran a story on Brown’s son’s health condition. Photo via The Sun