Les Hinton, one of the top executives of Rupert Murdoch’s embattled News Corporation media empire, has quit.
Mr Hinton was chief executive of Dow Jones, publisher of the Wall Street Journal. Mr Murdoch said the resignation brought him “much sadness”.
Rebekah Brooks – chief executive of the media group’s UK newspaper arm, News International – also quit on Friday.
Mr Hinton led News International from 1995-2007, when the UK’s News of the World was hacking phones.
Mr Murdoch will apologise for “serious wrongdoings” by the News of the World, in full-page advertisements signed by him, in Britain’s main national newspapers on Saturday.