Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of British tabloid The Sun who has been cleared of all charges in Britain’s phone hacking scandal, is returning to News Corp. to run Storyful, its social media news agency.
The return of one of Rupert Murdoch’s closest allies and a former chief executive of News Corp.’s British subsidiary has been the subject of much speculation since her acquittal last summer.
The Financial Times, citing two unnamed sources, said Brooks would continue to be based in Britain but would spend time in Dublin at Storyful’s headquarters. Her new role will include Storyful and expand to other potential digital ventures for News Corp.
News Corp. bought Storyful in 2013 for US$25 million.
The company uses social media feeds, user-generated content and proprietary technology to frame news reporting.
People familiar with the matter told the newspaper negotiations between News Corp. and Brooks were ongoing and the precise details of her new role were still being ironed out.
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