Rebekah Brooks to be named as new head of Dublin-based Storyful

2 Mar 2015

In her first role following her acquittal last year in the UK tabloid phone hacking scandal, Rebekah Brooks is to be named head of the successful Dublin-based social media news agency Storyful.

Brooks’ appointment may seem unlikely to some who believe she will one day take up a position in the US.

Her close relationship with media magnate Rupert Murdoch is believed to be one of the reasons why she has taken up this role with Storyful. Murdoch’s News Corp purchased Storyful in 2013 for €18m, according to the Financial Times.

While the exact details of the position have yet to be ironed out, it is understood Brooks will be running Storyful’s operations from the UK, with regular travel to Dublin, while also playing a role in the development of News Corp’s other digital ventures.

Because of the drawn-out case involving Brooks and alleged phone hacking by UK tabloids, she had been without a News Corp role since her resignation as chief executive of News International in 2011.

Storyful’s founder Mark Little left his role as chief executive of the company in December. Since then, the agency has been in the hands of Rahul Chopra.

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Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic