Rebekah Brooks returns to Rupert Murdoch's media empire to lead Storyful

Rebekah Brooks returns to Rupert Murdoch's media empire to lead Storyful



Rebekah Brooks, the former chief of News Corp.’s British operations, leaving the Old Bailey court in London London on Sept. 26, 2012.

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The long and scandalous phone hacking saga of former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks has ended with her media resurrection in the U.S., thanks to her biggest champion: News Corp. founder Rupert Murdoch.

Brooks’ new role, according to reports, will include heading up the social media news agency Storyful as well as developing new Internet startups.

Initially, Brooks will reportedly be based in the UK, while frequently traveling to Storyful’s headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. However, at least one report indicates that she has set up an apartment in New York, the city leading the way for many of the newer, technology-driven media startups.

Brooks, who resigned her post as chief executive at Murdoch’s News International (now News UK) back in 2011, was cleared of all charges related to the UK phone hacking case last year. Despite the legal turn in her favor, some observers expected the fallout from her role in the case to keep her from ever holding a position at one of Murdoch’s companies again. But those familiar with the close relationship the two share knew better.

During one of the more intense periods of the UK phone hacking trial, Murdoch took to Twitter and offered a note of support for Brooks, while seemingly dismissing her detractors.

The return of Brooks to the Murdoch empire will likely draw much scrutiny in light of some of the revelations about her past business methods.


Piers Morgan, Brooks’ former boss, shared a particularly chilling anecdote in his memoir The Insider. In the lead-up to an interview with an alleged lover of Princess Diana, Brooks reportedly set up a hotel suite with “secret tape devices in various flowerpots and cupboards.”

News of Brooks’ return to the Murdoch fold comes just weeks after U.S. authorities decided not to pursue charges against News Corp. related to phone hacking and payments to public officials.

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