Alice Macandrew, James Murdoch’s head spokesperson and one of his closest aides, has resigned  from News Corp. due to disagreements over the way that the company handled the recent hacking crisis, The Guardian reported today.
Macandrew apparently resigned in July, but News Corp. had been trying to convince her to stay on; the news has only now become public, seemingly because that effort failed. She's expected to officially leave the company in December.
According to  the Financial Times, Macandrew had been intimately involved in the strategy for News Corp.'s response to the hacking scandal.
Macandrew had previously worked at financial PR agency Finsbury. She left there in 2009 to become the head press adviser  for James Murdoch at News Corp.'s Europe and Asia division.