Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch’s most senior newspaper executive in the UK resigned on Friday.
The 43-year-old had been under intense pressure to step down over the phone hacking scandal. Brooks replacement will be Sky Italia boss Tom Mockridge.
Murdoch, together with his son and heir apparent James, had stood by the ex-News of the World editor, despite a public outcry.
On Thursday, it was confirmed that Brooks would appear before the UK parliament next week to answer questions relating to the phone hack allegations. Murdoch and his son James will also attend.
The 80-year-old billionaire was forced to close the News of the World tabloid last weekend and back away from plans to take 100 percent ownership of satellite broadcaster BskyB.
In her resignation letter, Brooks said she felt “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.”