The executive director of an industry body for the UK press has resigned after a row over its reaction to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s comments about racism in the media.
Ian Murray said he would step down from his role at the Society of Editors so it could “rebuild its reputation”.
Prince Harry said some British tabloids were “racist” and “bigoted”.
The Society of Editors initially denied that and said such an “attack” was “not acceptable” without providing evidence.
Announcing his resignation on Wednesday, Mr Murray said: “Since the statement was issued the SoE has been heavily criticised.
“While I do not agree that the society’s statement was in any way intended to defend racism, I accept it could have been much clearer in its condemnation of bigotry and has clearly caused upset.
“As executive director I lead the society and as such must take the blame and so I have decided it is best for the board and membership that I step aside so that the organisation can start to rebuild its reputation.”
He added that the original statement was “not intended to gloss over the fact the media industry in the UK does have work to do on inclusivity and diversity”.
It comes after ITV presenter Charlene White pulled out as host of an awards ceremony staged by the Society of Editors – the British Press Awards – saying the organisation should find “someone whose views align with yours” to replace her.