News Corp Confirms Rebekah Brooks to Return as CEO, UK Division

Former News of the World editor was cleared of criminal phone hacking charges last year

Last Updated: September 2, 2015 @ 7:26 AM

News Corp. on Wednesday confirmed Rebekah Brooks is returning as chief executive officer of the U.K. unit, replacing Mike Darcey after three years in the post. David Dinsmore will be her chief operating officer.

Additionally, the media giant named Tony Gallagher as editor-in-chief of The Sun, Britain’s largest selling daily newspaper. The changes will take place in the coming weeks, but Brooks will be back on the job starting Sept. 7.

“Rebekah will lead a great team at News UK into the digital future, while maximizing the influence and reach of our newspapers, which remain the most informative and successful in Britain and beyond,” said Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp. “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 brilliant journalism.”

“I am delighted to return to News UK. It is a privilege to be back amongst the most talented journalists and executives in the business,” said Brooks. “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.”

Brooks was implicated in the News International phone hacking scandal while editor at News of the World, but she was eventually cleared of all criminal charges. At the time, employees of the newspaper were accused of engaging in phone hacking, police bribery, and exercising improper influence in the pursuit of stories.

Brooks is returning to the job that she held four years ago, and will have added responsibilities for the acquisition and development of digital properties. She has been working closely with the team at Storyful, the world’s first and most successful video news agency, which supplies many companies, including Facebook and Vice.

The returning leader was chief executive of News International Ltd from 2009 to 2011, during which time there was significant growth in newspaper operating profit, the company touted. Between 2003 and 2009, she was editor of The Sun, and from 2000 to 2003 she served as editor of the News of the World. She started her career at News of the World as a feature writer for the publication’s Sunday magazine in 1989.

On Dinsmore, Gallagher and Darcey, Thomson commented:

“David Dinsmore has led The Sun with distinction, and thoroughly deserves this promotion. He has inspired a superb team of journalists who broke many a scoop and had a profound social impact during his tenure.”

“Tony Gallagher is one of the most respected journalists and editors in the UK, with a long and honorable history with the Daily Telegraph group and the Daily Mail. His integrity and his ingenuity are splendid assets for The Sun across the week.”

“We pay particular tribute to Mike Darcey for his years of service to News Corp, and his sterling contribution to Sky’s success. He came to News UK when the commercial challenges were acute, and ably and admirably steered the business through those turbulent waters.”