Sunday 17 November 2019

Rebekah Brooks lined up for dramatic News Corp return

Rebekah Brooks, returning to News Corp despite having been given a £10.8m payoff
Rebekah Brooks, returning to News Corp despite having been given a £10.8m payoff

Dean Gray

The one-time darling of the Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corp, Rebekah Brooks, is poised to make a dramatic return to the mogul's media empire.

It is understood that she will take up a new digital role after her acquittal on charges in the phone-hacking storm that rocked the group.

However, sources within the group denied that Ms Brooks, former chief executive of the company's newspaper division, was being lined up to take charge of the digital operations of 'The Sun'.

But the company confirmed that she was in talks to take up a key role driving News Corp's planned global digital expansion.

Rupert Murdoch had vowed to stand by the former 'Sun' editor he is said to consider like a daughter. She was cleared of all phone-hacking charges last year, at the conclusion of an eight-month trial, paving the way for her return to Mr Murdoch's business.

The new role could involve Ms Brooks, who received a pay-off of £10.8m when she quit News International in 2011 after the closure of the 'News of the World', reporting directly to Mr Murdoch (84) in New York.

A spokesman for News Corp said: "Discussions with Rebekah Brooks are ongoing, and focused on a potential new digital business for News Corp, but it's premature to speculate about the details of a position that does not yet exist."

It had been reported that Ms Brooks was set to return to News Corp as head of Storyful, the Irish social news agency bought by the company.

But Mark Little, the company's founder, said Ms Brooks would not be taking the CEO role.

The Exaro investigative news agency reported that Ms Brooks was negotiating a "spectacular return" to 'The Sun'.

She was spotted last week at the London Bridge offices of News UK, publisher of 'The Sun', 'The Times' and 'The Sunday Times'.

Irish Independent

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