News International have confirmed that Rebekah Brooks has resigned from her position at the company.
The 43-year-old has been with News International for 22 years and her Â announcement follows enormous pressure for her to stand down from her high-flying job at the paper in the wake of the intensifying phone hacking scandal that has taken the country by storm.
“I feel a deep responsibility for the people we have hurt.
“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 been lead to 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”, said Rebekah Brooks in a statement.
The former chief executive has been replaced by Tom Mockbridge who is the man the responsible for creating 24-hour TV news channel Sky Italia.
News International intend to use national press adverts this weekend to make their apologies for morally, and ethically, wrong doings at the News of the World:
“The company has made mistakes.
“It is not only receiving appropriate scrutiny, but is also responding to unfair attacks by setting the record straight”, said Â NI Chief Executive in Europe James Murdoch.