Rebekah Brooks to Run News Corp's Storyful (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.

In June 2014, she was found not guilty of all charges in the phone-hacking scandal.

Rebekah Brooks, the former News of the World and The Sun editor, is reportedly close to getting a gig at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

The Financial Times is reporting that Brooks will be based in the U.K. and run News Corp's social media news agency Storyful, possibly as part of a broader role focusing on digital initiatives. 

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail had reported that she is planning to move to the U.S., where she would head up the company's search for online investments. A source said she was expected to stay in the U.K. though.

Brooks, who ran News Corp's U.K. newspaper business before stepping down during the phone-hacking scandal, was found not guilty in June 2014 of all charges in the hacking trial. 

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter in October 2014 that Brooks was meeting with News Corp about possible job opportunities. She also had a reputation for being a close Murdoch confidante and having a feel for what readers cared about, making a return to the News Corp fold less surprising, said one industry observer.

In her past work, though, she never had any major formal digital or social media focus, that person also pointed out. Analysts wouldn't immediately comment on the possible new role for Brooks.

A News Corp rep declined to comment. 

March 1, 2:50 p.m. Updated with the Financial Times' story.

March 1, 11:05 p.m. Updated with observer comment and analysts information.