Les Hinton, the Chief Executive for News Corp.'s Dow Jones & Co., is resigning.
Les Hinton, who headed News Corp.'s News International unit when the phone-hacking allegations roiling the media empire first arose, on Friday resigned as chief executive officer of Dow Jones & Co., the second major executive casualty of the scandal.
Mr. Hinton had come under increasing scrutiny recently as a cascade of allegations indicated the problems at the center of the scandal were more widespread than he had twice led a parliamentary committee to believe.
Hinton had a key role in News Corp.'s original response to the phone hacking scandal:
Hinton was chairman of News International, the UK newspaper arm of Rupert Murdoch's empire, from 1995 to 2007 - the period in which much of the phone hacking was done by the News of the World.
He has been accused of giving misleading information to parliament on two occasions, in 2007 and 2009, by saying there was no evidence of widespread malpractice within the company.
Hinton went on to become the chief executive of Dow Jones, publisher of the Wall Street Journal.