Rebekah Brooks “is not planning to resign” as chief executive of News International, according to BBC business editor Robert Peston.
Writing on his blog today, Peston cites a News International executive as having told him that Rupert Murdoch is backing Brooks “100%” over alleged interceptions of Milly Dowler’s voicemail by the News of the World.
She remains in charge of the process of assisting the police in their enquiries, known as Operation Weeting, to determine whether criminal charges should be brought against those journalists implicated in hacking mobile phones and other invasions of individuals’ right to privacy.
“She is committed to find out the truth of what happened here and leading the company through this difficult time” said one of her colleagues.
“Her job is to see this through”.
An update on the post at 9:24 elaborates on the Prime Minister’s reaction to the news:
There is of course an uncomfortable feedback loop from the latest disclosures of alleged hacking to the prime minister – in that the deputy editor of the News of the World in 2002 was Andy Coulson, who became editor of the News of the World in 2003, and who also served as Mr Cameron’s communications director until he resigned in January.