Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. has lost its first stateside executive in the wake of the growing phone hacking scandal. Late Friday afternoon, Dow Jones CEO Les Hinton tendered his resignation.
Hinton informed staff of his decision via an email sent a little after 4:00 p.m., published by News Corp.-owned All Things Digital. He enclosed his letter of resignation to Murdoch, in which he addressed fallout from the hacking scandal.
"That I was ignorant of what apparently happened is irrelevant," Hinton wrote, "and in the circumstances I feel it is proper for me to resign from News Corp., and apologize to those hurt by the actions of the News of the World."
Before working at the Journal, Hinton had served as executive chairman of News International, which oversees News Corp.'s British publications. Friday morning, Rebekah Brooks, most recently chief executive of News International, also resigned.
Brooks, however, refused to admit any wrongdoing. "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 wrote.
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