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Ex-Editor cleared of phone-hacking to join Storyful in Dublin

Rebekah Brooks
Rebekah Brooks

Controversial former tabloid editor Rebekah Brooks is set to take over the running of a Dublin-based media company Storyful.

The former editor is now being linked with a role at Storyful, the social media news agency founded by former RTE Washington Correspondent Mark Little.

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

Storyful was acquired by Mr Murdoch's News Corp last year for $25 million.

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, Storyful's founder and chief executive, moved to a new role after being replaced as chief executive by Rahul Chopra.

According to reports in the Financial Times, Ms Brooks (inset) will make her News Corp comeback at Storyful.

Ms Brooks will initially be based in Britain and also spend time at Storyful's Dublin headquarters, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The return of the former chief executive of News Corp's British subsidiary and one of Mr Murdoch's closest allies has been the subject of much speculation since her acquittal last summer.

A recent visit to News Corp's New York offices sparked talk that she would take a senior role with the company in the US.

Ms Brooks was recently spotted in Storyful's Dublin office, based 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 charges, together with other former journalists and 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.

She is a friend of Mr Murdoch, Mr Cameron and former prime minister Tony Blair.

Irish Independent