Re­bekah Brooks to re­turn as News Corp. UK chief ex­ec­u­tive

The China Post - - BUSINESS -

Bri­tish for­mer tabloid news editor Re­bekah Brooks is to re­turn to Ru­pert Mur­doch’s News Corp. as chief ex­ec­u­tive of its UK di­vi­sion, the Fi­nan­cial Times re­ported on Fri­day.

Brooks, who for­merly edited The Sun and The News of the World, re­signed as chief ex­ec­u­tive in 2011 at the height of a scan­dal over the hack­ing of phone voice mails by jour­nal­ists.

She was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of be­ing in­volved, but was cleared of all charges last year.

Spec­u­la­tion has grown in re­cent months that Brooks, 47, might re­turn to the Mur­doch em­pire.

Brooks was ini­tially re­luc­tant but was per­suaded to take the chief ex­ec­u­tive job by the Aus­tralian-born busi­ness mag­nate, with whom she has a close re­la­tion­ship, the Fi­nan­cial Times re­ported cit­ing peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter.

The idea was crit­i­cized by cam­paign group Hacked Off, which rep­re­sents vic­tims of phone hack­ing.

“This is a ma­jor mis­judg­ment of the public’s mood by a com­pany still eth­i­cally out of con­trol,” said joint ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Evan Harris.

The re­port came as it emerged that the UK’s Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice (CPS) was con­sid­er­ing bring­ing cor­po­rate charges — mean­ing the pros­e­cu­tion of a com­pany for wrong­do­ing — over phone hack­ing at News of the World, which was closed in 2011 due to public out­cry.

Po­lice can bring charges against a com­pany, just like they can against a per­son, be­cause a com­pany is a le­gal en­tity.

The news­pa­per is at the cen­ter of a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion into phone hack­ing called Op­er­a­tion Weet­ing.

“We have re­ceived a full file of ev­i­dence for con­sid­er­a­tion of cor­po­rate li­a­bil­ity charges re­lat­ing to the Op­er­a­tion Weet­ing phone hack­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” CPS said.

In a state­ment, the Metropoli­tan Po­lice said the file had been sub­mit­ted last month.

“On the 23 July, fol­low­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into phone hack­ing at the News of the World, de­tec­tives from Op­er­a­tion Weet­ing sub­mit­ted a file to the CPS for their con­sid­er­a­tion,” the state­ment read.

News Corp. did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment from AFP.

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