News Corp has appointed Rebekah Brooks as chief executive of its UK division while The Sun also will introduce a new editor with the promotion of David Dinsmore to work alongside her.
According to the Financial Times, Brooks, who last year was cleared of phone hacking charges brought during her time leading the news division, will replace outgoing chief executive Mike Darcy.
Her return to the company following her resignation during allegations of phone-hacking including that of the phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, has long been rumoured due to her close relationship with News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch.
While Brooks was cleared of charges, former News of the World editor and head of communications for Downing Street Andy Coulson was found guilty and jailed.
The company has yet to comment on reports at the time of writing.
Rebekah Brooks is to make a stunning return to News Corp as chief executive of its UK division, a year after being cleared of all charges related to the phone-hacking scandal, according to people familiar with the matter.
Her return to the job she quit four years ago at the height of the scandal could be announced as soon as early September, people familiar with the situation said. Her appointment is part of a reshuffle of News Corp’s UK operations which will include the departure of Mike Darcey, chief executive of News UK, and the appointment of a new editor of The Sun, Britain’s best-selling tabloid.
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