Les Hinton, the CEO of Dow Jones and publisher of the Wall Street Journal, announced Friday that he is stepping down from his position, amid questions about his role in the News Of The World phone hacking scandal during his tenure as chief executive of News International.
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Hinton ran News International, which publishes News Corp's U.K. newspapers, from 1995-2007, during which time reporters for News Of The World allegedly hacked into the phone records of murder victims, terrorism victims, and public officials.
In his resignation letter to Rupert Murdoch, Hinton denied any knowledge of the phone hacking during his tenure. "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."