Rebekah Brooks Returns to the Murdoch Fold in New Internet Role

Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive officer of News Corp.’s U.K. subsidiary, will return to work under Rupert Murdoch eight months after being cleared of phone-hacking charges.

Brooks, 46, will rejoin Murdoch-controlled News Corp. to take a senior role with Dublin-based Storyful, a startup that helps newsrooms find and vet video content from across the Web, according to a person familiar with the matter. News Corp. bought the company in December 2013 for $25 million to take advantage of growth in crowd-sourced reporting.

Brooks -- a former editor of the now defunct News of the World tabloid -- was acquitted by a jury in June of all charges related to phone hacking, bribery and perverting the course of justice after scandal erupted amid the discovery that reporters hacked the phone of murdered 13-year-old Milly Dowler. Murdoch closed the paper in 2011 to quell public outrage and Brooks was subsequently arrested.

News Corp. is expected to make a statement on Brooks’s new role today or tomorrow, the person familiar said.

Murdoch supported Brooks throughout the legal process and failed in his attempts to stop her from resigning from the company in July 2011.

Andy Coulson, another former editor of the News of the World who went on to become a media adviser to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, was the only one of seven defendants convicted and was found guilty of one count of phone hacking.

The news of Brooks’s return to News Corp. was earlier reported by the Daily Mail.