Former News of the World journalist Sophy Ridge said Rebekah Brooks told staff at the tabloid today that she was staying on at News International "because she is a conductor for it all".
Ms Brooks said the decision to close the News of the World was taken because there could be another “two years plus” of trouble, Ms Ridge wrote on Twitter.
The Sky News political correspondent tweeted: “Rebekah Brooks said that advertisers said the brand was ’toxic’, I’m hearing, and the decision ’was not done lightly’.”
Ms Ridge also wrote that Ms Brooks said she was “trying to find them jobs where possible across News International and News Corp”.
Ms Brooks “apologised to staff for ’operational issues’ ie email access”, Ms Ridge added.