Rebekah Brooks to Return to News Corp in U.K. (Report)

News Corp. Phone Hacking Charges and Settlements

In 2011, one of the biggest international media industry stories was the phone hacking scandal at the News International U.K. newspaper unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. The past year brought settlements with such celebrities as Hugh Grant and singer/actress Charlotte Church. But it also brought formal charges against former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks, former News of the World editor Andy Coulson and others on charges of hacking. Brooks and others are also accused of conspiring to "pervert the course of justice." Trials are expected to start in the fall of 2013. More fallout will come in the new year from the Leveson Inquiry report that proposed stricter regulation of the British press, which is currently being hotly debated.

The former CEO of the U.K. arm of Rupert Murdoch's publishing company was cleared of all charges in the phone-hacking trial.

Rebekah Brooks is returning to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp as chief executive in the U.K., according to the Financial Times, citing unnamed sources.  

The former CEO of the U.K. arm of the publishing company last year started looking at new career opportunities. It emerged in the fall that News Corp was among the companies that met with the former News of the World and The Sun editor. She was at the company's New York office during a visit to the U.S. in October, a source told THR at the time.

Brooks, who used to run News Corp's U.K. newspaper business before resigning amid the hacking scandal, was in June found not guilty of all charges in the hacking trial, which ran for eight months. She was widely regarded as a close confidante of Murdoch's.

While some had suggested that the New York visit and Brooks' interest in a possible U.S. role could see her move to New York, U.K. media observers have long argued that her background, experience and contacts made her best suited for an executive role at the company's operations in Britain or elsewhere in Europe.