By Max Clarke

After weeks of intensifying pressure in the wake of the News of the World phone hacking scandal, the axed paper’s former editor, Rebekah Brooks, has today announced her resignation.

As of today, Brooks will no longer be the chief executive of News International, the UK based print media arm of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation media empire.

In a statement to other members of News International, Rebekah spoke of her ’deep sense of responsibility’ for what had happened, and the message struck an apologetic tone.

"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.

"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."

Brooks also spoke of her closeness to both James and Rupert Murdoch, thanking them for their support throughout her 22 years in the company.

The reason for her departure, she writes, is that during the time she led the company, media pressure on her had increased, focusing public outrage on her and further tarnishing the reputation of the corporation’s publications.

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