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Rebekah Brooks speaks on News UK return: ‘It is a privilege to be back… the Sun is shining’

Rebekah Brooks has spoken out for the first time following her reinstatement as the chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp media subsidiary News UK.

Following the company announcing Brooks' return as CEO last week, she this morning thanked staff for their support (Monday 7 September) and spoke of her joy at her return: “It is a privilege to be back and many thanks for the warm welcome.

“I’ve worked for this company since 1989 doing a variety of jobs from making the tea to becoming CEO 20 years later. It’s hard to describe how good it feels to be home. And the Sun is shining!”

Brooks also mentioned those affected by the phone hacking scandal – to which all charges against her were dropped: “It would be wrong to dwell on the past but it would be wrong not to mention it. Many colleagues and their families have suffered a great deal in recent years and my thoughts are with those who still face unimaginable stress and uncertainty.”

She also shared her view on the importance of newspapers in the digital age stating that “this morning, I checked out the Times and the Sun on my tablet, my laptop and my smartphone but like millions of others, I read the newspapers first”.

She vowed to secure a “successful future” for News UK’s titles “in all formats”.

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