Rebekah Brooks resigned on Friday as the UK chief of Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper business. The question on many people’s lips was “why did it take so long?”
The former editor of the News of the World said she was becoming a “distraction”.She said she felt “a deep sense of responsibility for the people we have hurt”.
Commentators said the 43-year-old was taking the rap for the phone hacking scandal that has outraged the British people and forced Murdoch’s media empire into retreat.
Opposition Labour party leader Ed Miliband said: “I am pleased that Rebekah Brooks has finally accepted responsibility for what happened on her watch as editor of the News of the World.
“When I called for her resignation 10 days ago, it is not just about one individual but the culture inside the organisation.”
Among the voicemail intercepts judged by many to be the most distasteful were those of missing teenager Milly Dowler. Some of the messages were allegedly deleted by the tabloid hackers, giving hope to her family that she was still alive. She was found dead several months later.
Brooks, together with the billionaire and his son and heir James Murdoch, are set to answer tough questions before a UK parliamentary committee next week.
Brooks’ replacement will be Sky Italia boss Tom Mockridge.