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Rebekah Brooks 'to head up Storyful in News Corp return'

The former editor of the Sun and the News of the World was acquitted on hacking charges last year.

REBEKAH BROOKS, WHO was acquitted at a phone hacking trial last year, is to return to News Corp to run its Irish-created Storyful arm, according to reports this morning.

Brooks is said by the New York Times and the Financial Times to be returning to the fold to head up Storyful.

The New York Times says sources indicated that Brooks will take on an executive role, focusing on News Corps’ “digital endeavours”.

The Financial Times says that Brooks will return to run Storyful, which was founded in Dublin by Irish journalist Mark Little. understands that Brooks has already made a number of visits to Storyful’s offices on Dublin’s Lower Mount Street.

It is believed that Brooks will be based in the UK, and will travel to spend time at Storyful’s Dublin office.

Storyful was acquired by News Corp in late 2013 for €18million. The company’s work includes verifying and distributing videos and other user-generated content.

Little, its former CEO, said at the time of the acquisition: “We believe that journalism in the age of social media needs to be open, innovative and collaborative, and so does the business model that will sustain it. News Corp is a natural fit for a company which wants to help reinvent the news industry.”

Brooks resigned as chief executive of News International in 2011. She later faced charges related to phone-hacking, but was cleared of all of these last summer.

Andy Coulson, former News of the World editor, was found guilty and imprisoned.

News Corp and Storyful have not yet commented on the reports.

Read: Rebekah Brooks says she has been ‘vindicated’>

Read: Andy Coulson found guilty but Rebekah Brooks cleared at phone hacking trial>

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