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Brooks' resignation 'too little too late'

15 July 2011

The General Secretary of the NUJ has said that Rebekah Brooks' resignation will be little comfort to hundreds of journalists who have lost their jobs at the News of the World to protect top management. Michelle Stanistreet made the comments as New International Chairman, James Murdoch, announced the new chief executive will be Tom Mockridge, the head of Sky Italia since its launch in 2003.

The former News of the World editor had declared in an internal email: "My desire to remain on the bridge has made me a focal point of the debate."

She said her resignation would give her "the freedom and the time to give my full cooperation to all the current and future inquiries, the police investigations and the CMS (Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee) appearance."

However, Michelle Stanistreet said:

"This is too little too late. We all know she has worked hand-in-glove with James Murdoch and they are equally culpable in terms of the cover up. This will be cold comfort to the hundreds of journalists who have lost their jobs at the News of the World."

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