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Sunday 22 October 2017

Rebekah Brooks to take on role at Storyful

Rebekah Brooks
Rebekah Brooks

CONTROVERSIAL former newspaper boss Rebekah Brooks, who was accused of phone-hacking offences in Britain, is set to take over the running of Storyful.

The ex-editor of the News of the World and the Sun is being linked to Dublin-based Storyful - founded by former RTE journalist Mark Little - as part of a role that includes other digital ventures at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

Ms Brooks, a close aide of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, was cleared of all charges in the phone-hacking scandal last year.

Storyful was acquired by Mr Murdoch's News Corp last year for $25m (€22.2m).

Founded in 2008, the company verifies and manages the rights holders of news and videos on social media platforms, such as Twitter.

Following the takeover, Mr Little took on the role of director of innovation after being replaced as chief executive by Rahul Chopra.

According to the Financial Times, Ms Brooks will make her News Corp comeback at Storyful.

She will initially be based in Britain but is also set to spend time at Storyful's Dublin headquarters, according to the report, citing people familiar with the matter.

Ms Brooks was recently spotted in Storyful's office at Ferry House on Lower Mount Street in Dublin 2.

The exact details of her role are still being worked out.

Ms Brooks was acquitted last year by a London court of being part of an illegal conspiracy at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid newspaper to hack into phones and make illegal payments.

She has been on a four-year break from the company since resigning as chief executive of News International - now known as News UK - in 2011.

Her resignation at the time came amid a public outcry in Britain at revelations that journalists working for the News of the World had illegally intercepted voicemails.

Ms Brooks was charged with several phone-hacking related offences, together with other News International executives, including Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor who went on to become British Prime Minister David Cameron's press officer.

Ms Brooks was cleared by the court of all charges but Mr Coulson was found guilty and served five months in prison of an 18-month term.

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