News International has failed to meet the Companies House deadline to file its accounts and has asked for a month's extension.
An NI spokesperson said: "Companies House has been informed of a delay to these accounts being submitted. They will be filed with the registrar within the next month."
The spokesperson declined to say why the delay had occurred.
A Companies House spokesman said requests for extensions were not wholly unusual. However, large companies generally filed by the due date. Requests for month-long extension were rare.
Accounts were filed for two key divisions of News International: News Group Newspapers - which publishes The Sun and formerly published the News of the World - and Times Newspapers Ltd, which publishes The Times and Sunday Times.
Coincidentally, News International's company secretary of many years standing, Mrs Carla Stone, has resigned.
A filing to Companies House, dated yesterday, stated that her appointment had been terminated. However, I understand that she left the company in February and her formal employment contract ends later this month.
Stone, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries, held 212 company directorships in all, almost all of which are subsidiaries of News International and related companies.She is still listed as a director of many of those businesses.
Souirce: Greenslade Blog - Guardian