Having been cleared of all charges in the UK's marathon phone-hacking trial Rebekah Brooks could take on a senior position within News Corp's Australian arm according to reports. But B&T wonders if the courts' verdict is enough to wipe the smear of the scandal off Brooks and if her name is still too tainted.
News Corp journalists are speculating that Rebekah Brooks may be parachuted into a senior position at the company’s Australian arm, now she has been cleared of phone hacking, corruption and conspiracy charges.
However her return to the Murdoch media group could generate resentment among rank and file journalists, some of whom believe the company sacrificed its low-level reporters in order to protect its executives from the hacking scandal fallout.
Brooks has no current official role within News Corp or its related companies, after walking away with an £11 million ($20 million) payout after resigning as chief executive of News International, publisher of News of the World, at the height of the phone hacking scandal.
However a source within the company said she has been “telling a wide number of people she is going back to work at News” – and several had guessed the most likely destination would be News Corp in Australia.
“She never really cut ties with News International,” the source said.