Times of London editor says he was pushed to quit

Editor of Rupert Murdoch's Times of London resigns, saying he was pressured to quit

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Times of London editor says he was pushed to quit
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FILE - A Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 photo from files showing the editor of the London Times newspaper, James Harding, as he arrives for a meeting of fellow newspaper editors and the British Prime Minister David Cameron following the release of the Leveson media inquiry, at Downing Street in London. The editor of The Times newspaper is to stand down at the end of the month, it was announced Wednesday. James Harding, 43, one of the youngest journalists ever to take charge of the paper, informed the national independent directors of The Times this morning, News International and Times Newspapers Ltd said. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

LONDON (AP) -- James Harding, editor of media mogul Rupert Murdoch's Times of London, announced he was resigning Wednesday, and said he was pressured to step down.

Harding had led the British newspaper for five years. In a speech to his editorial staff, he praised the newspaper's coverage and said it had been an honor working there.

"It has been made clear to me that News Corporation would like to appoint a new editor of the Times," he told his newsroom. "I have, therefore, agreed to stand down."

Murdoch's News International did not give a reason for Harding's departure when it announced that the 43-year-old had told the directors of The Times on Wednesday of his plans. Murdoch praised Harding for leading the newspaper through "difficult times," saying he had great respect for the editor and hopes they will work together again.

The company declined to comment on the context of Harding's speech.

Harding began his journalistic career at the Financial Times, opening its Shanghai bureau and serving as Washington bureau chief before joining The Times as business editor.

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