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News International boss Tom Mockridge resigned on Sunday less than two years after taking the chief exec role following the departure of Rebekah Brooks. Her exit in July 2011 marked the height of the phone-hacking scandal that engulfed the Rupert Murdoch-owned British newspaper biz.

He will move on from News Int'l at the end of the month.

Parent company News Corp has been undergoing a massive restructure with Murdoch announcing in June this year that he would divorce the publishing wing of his empire from the broadcasting and entertainment division.

In the summer, the media mogul continued to distance himself from his once beloved British newspaper business by resigning from the boards of his tabloid and broadsheet business in Blighty.

Mockridge has worked at News Corp for more than 20 years having joined the company in 1991. He previously headed up Sky Italia for Murdoch.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reports that its own managing editor Robert Thomson, who once edited Murdoch's UK Times newspaper, will become CEO of the press baron's rebooted publishing empire.

Murdoch said Mockridge's decision to quit News Int'l was "absolutely and entirely his own". ®

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