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Rebekah Brooks' News UK appointment confirmed as Tony Gallagher is made Sun editor-in-chief

Rebekah Brooks' expected return to Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire has today been made official, with News UK confirming she will become its new CEO.

Her return a little over a year after she was cleared at the phone hacking trial was announced among other senior staffing changes, with Tony Gallagher appointed the new editor-in-chief of the Sun.

Gallagher, previously joint deputy editor of the Daily Mail, replaces former editor-in-chief David Dinsmore who was also appointed as News UK's chief operating officer.

Gallagher said: “It is my great pleasure and honour to be taking charge at The Sun. It’s a job I couldn’t possibly turn down and I’m looking forward to working closely with Rebekah, David and the rest of the team at The Sun."

Gallagher also thanked Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre, who he dubbed “a superb mentor”.

Brooks' appointment, confirmed in the same statement, will see her take up the mantle at the helm of Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp subsidiary News UK, which boasts titles such as the Times, the Sunday Times and the Sun.

Brooks replaces Mike Darcey, who departs after three years spent fighting dwindling circulation with the incumbent digital push. Brooks urged to continue his fight by meeting “the many challenges of this digital age with a combination of cutting edge technologies and world class journalism”.

Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp, said: “Rebekah will lead a great team at News UK into the digital future, while maximising the influence and reach of our newspapers, which remain the most informative and successful in Britain and beyond.”

Gallagher comes to the position with decades of experience under his belt.

In January 2014, he was sacked as editor at the Daily Telegraph - sparking his move to the Daily Mail. Former colleague Chris Boffey at the time questioned the sacking as Gallagher was "running the only profitable serious paper in Britain".

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