Times reporter Tony Barrett, who apologised for paper not running Hillsborough verdict on front page, has resigned

The Times first edition, left, and second edition after the Hillsborough inquest verdict

Times journalist Tony Barrett, who apologised to readers on Twitter after the paper didn’t include the Hillsborough inquest verdict on its front page of the day, has resigned.

Barrett, who was born in Liverpool and previously worked for the Liverpool Echo, was the paper’s Merseyside football writer.

In April he tweeted “unbelievable” and “to everyone who’s been let down I’m so sorry” after seeing the paper had not run the inquest outcome – that fans of the 1989 disaster had been unlawfully killed – on the front page

Tony Barrett Hillsborough tweets

The Times later issued a statement saying it had “made a mistake” and printed the coverage on the front in a later edition.

Fellow News UK title The Sun also faced criticism for not putting the story on its front page.

The Times Hillsborough apology

The reasons behind Barrett’s decision to leave are not known. News UK has declined to comment.

Last week, radio presenter Colin Murray resigned from Talksport in protest at the station’s acquisition by Sun owners News Corp.

Liverpool FC supporter Murray used the hashtag #JFT96 to make the announcement on Twitter, understood to mean “Justice for the 96” in reference to those killed in the crush.

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