Brooks returns as head of News UK

Rebekah Brooks will return to News Corp as chief executive of News UK, one year after she was cleared of all charges relating to the 2011 phone-hacking scandal.

News Corp confirmed that Ms Brook will return on Monday to the position she held four years ago at News UK, the London-based company which publishes The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times.

The move is part of wider leadership changes at News UK that will see editor of The Sun David Dinsmore promoted to chief operating officer while former Daily Telegraph (UK) editor Tony Gallagher takes his place.

“It is a privilege to be back amongst the most talented journalists and executives in the business,” Ms Brooks said in a statement posted on News Corp’s website.

“I am confident that we can meet the many challenges of this digital age with a combination of cutting edge technologies and world class journalism. I am especially pleased to be working for Robert and thrilled to have Tony and David on board my team.”

The leadership changes announced on Tuesday ended several months of speculation about Ms Brooks returning to her old News Corp job.

Ms Brooks will replace outgoing CEO Mike Darcey and will be charged with the acquisition and development of new digital properties such as video news agency Storyful, as well as her other responsibilities.

News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson welcomed Ms Brooks’return.“[Her] expertise, excellence and leadership will be crucial as we work to extend our relationship with readers and advertisers, and develop our digital platforms to take full advantage of our  journalism,” he said.

Ms Brooks started as a feature writer in 1989 before becoming editor of News of the World in 2000, editor of The Sun in 2003, chief executive of News UK in 2009 before resigning in 2011 after the closure of News of the World.

While Ms Brooks will return to her position at News UK on Monday, Mr Dinsmore and Mr Gallagher will assume their new roles over the coming weeks.

Mr Dinsmore has previously worked as general manager of News UK in Scotland and director of operations of News UK, as well as having a long history with The Sun, including assisting the launch of The Sun on Sunday.

Mr Gallagher was editor of Daily Telegraph (UK) in 2009 before becoming deputy editor of the Daily Mail in 2014.

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