Rebekah Brooks

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Rebekah Brooks

British journalist and former newspaper editor add

Category: Journalism

Born in 1968.

Countries: United Kingdom (57%), (35%), United States (4%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Andy Coulson, News International phone hacking scandal, Ed Miliband

Linked to: News of the World, Bell Pottinger Group, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee




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Rebekah Brooks was born in 1968 add something


She joined the Sunday newspaper "News of the World" in 1989 as a secretary, before working as a feature writer for its Sunday magazine where she worked on "The A to Z of Soaps" with TV soap opera expert Chris Stacey, and eventually becoming the paper's deputy editor add something


Brooks became engaged to actor Ross Kemp in 1996, and married him in June 2002 in Las Vegas add something


In 1998, she transferred to the "News of the World" daily counterpart, "The Sun" for a short time add something


She returned to the "News of the World" in 2000 as editor; at the time, she was the youngest editor of a national British newspaper add something


Brooks married actor Ross Kemp in 2002 add something


News International phone hacking scandal - Leader of the opposition Ed Miliband called on Rebekah Brooks, the "News of the World" editor in 2002, and the chief executive of News International, to "consider her conscience and consider her position"


In 2003, under questioning by the Culture,_Media_and_Sport (Culture,_Media_and_Sport_Committee) Select Committee of the House of Commons, Chris Bryant, MP, asked her and Andy Coulson whether either of their newspapers had ever been involved in various improper acts add something


In Brooks's entry in "Who's Who" she stated that she studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, but did not claim to have a degree, and did not later answer questions about this; in a 2003 "Spectator" article, Stephen Glover suggested that, since she was working at the age of 20 for the "News of the World", "we can safely assume that she did not study at the Sorbonne in any meaningful way" add something


In January 2003, she returned to "The Sun", replacing her former boss David Yelland, to become its first female editor add something


During a March 2003 appearance before the House of Commons Select Committee on Culture,_Media_and_Sport (Culture,_Media_and_Sport_Committee) as part of an inquiry into privacy issues, Brooks stated that her newspaper had paid police for information add something


The Sun (United Kingdom) - Although the anger generated by Page 3 had waned in a generally more permissive society, when Rebekah Wade became editor in 2003, it was thought it might be dropped


Andy Coulson - Coulson replaced Rebekah Wade as editor in 2003


Under her editorship, Brooks' reporters won a number of prestigious awards, including the British Press Awards 'Reporter of the Year' in 2004 , 2005 and 2006 as a result of stories originating from phone or email hacks and or blagging add something


On 3 November 2005, it was reported that Brooks had been arrested following an alleged assault on her husband add something


News International phone hacking scandal - Upon release in 2005, he resumed his private investigative work for "News of the World", where Andy Coulson had become editor, succeeding Rebekah Brooks as editor in 2003 when she became editor to sister paper "The Sun"


The newspaper's reporter, Clive Goodman, and Glenn Mulcaire, a hired investigator, were convicted and jailed for intercepting the phone messages of members of the Royal Family in 2006 add something


Dominic Mohan - Mohan was appointed deputy editor of The Sun in 2007 by Rebekah Brooks and was named as her replacement in 2009 following Brooks' promotion to chief executive of News International


In 2008 she borrowed a retired police horse from the Metropolitan Police add something


Her wedding to Charlie Brooks in 2009 was attended by Gordon Brown and David Cameron add something


In June 2009, it was announced that she would leave "The Sun" in September 2009, to become chief executive of the newspaper's parent company, News International add something


"The Independent" reported that Brooks and her fiancé had married in a lakeside ceremony in June 2009 add something


"The Guardian" reported on 5 June 2009, that she would marry Brooks add something


Her ex-husband Ross Kemp "starred" the Labour Party spot for the 2010 UK General Elections add something


In 2010, Brooks was awarded an honorary Fellowship from the University of the Arts, London, for her contribution to journalism add something


For example, a December 2010 dinner party was attended by Cameron and James Murdoch add something


News International phone hacking scandal - In late 2010 the Mail had sought confirmation from the Prime Minister's office of a rumour theat that Cameron had been seen out riding horses with Rebekah Brooks's husband, Charlie Brooks, a horse trainer


In July 2011, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband said Brooks should "consider her position" after the Milly Dowler allegations add something


Having previously had an offer of resignation rejected, Brooks resigned from News International on 15 July 2011 add something


On 15 July 2011, Brooks resigned as chief executive of News International, following widespread criticism of her role in the controversy add something


On 17 July 2011, Brooks was arrested by police on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and on suspicion of corruption allegations add something


News International phone hacking scandal - In February 2011, the Metropolitan Police investigated the claims of Scottish trade union leader Andy Gilchrist, who accused "The Sun" of hacking into his mobile phone in order to run negative stories about him; the stories were published shortly after Rebekah Brooks was installed as the paper's editor


Andy Coulson - In July 2011 the "Mail on Sunday" alleged that Cameron had been about to appoint the BBC's Guto Harri, but was persuaded by Rebekah Wade to appoint Coulson


Ed Miliband - In July 2011, following the revelation that the News of the World had paid private investigators to hack into the phones of Milly Dowler, as well as the families of murder victims and deceased servicemen, Miliband called for News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks to resign, urged David Cameron to establish a public and judge-led inquiry into the scandal and announced that he would force a Commons vote on whether to block the News International bid for a controlling stake in BSkyB


News International phone hacking scandal - In a July 2011 appearance in front of a parliamentary committee, a day after Rebekah Brooks had been arrested and bailed, Dacre told them that he had never "countenanced" phone hacking or blagging at his newspaper, as both acts were clearly "criminal"


News of the World - The former executive editor Neil Wallis was arrested on 15 July 2011 and former editor Rebekah Brooks, the tenth person held in custody, on 17 July 2011


It was announced by Bell Pottinger that Rebekah and Charlie Brooks were expecting a daughter in early 2012 via a surrogate mother add something


On 13 March 2012, Brooks was rearrested, together with her husband, on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice add something


On 13 March 2012, she was again arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice add something


On 11 May 2012, Rebekah Brooks appeared as a witness in the Leveson Inquiry add something


On 15 May 2012, Brooks was charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice add something


On 15 May 2012, the Crown Prosecution Service charged Brooks and five others with conspiring to pervert the course of justice add something


On 24 July 2012, the Crown Prosecution Service announced that Brooks would be charged, along with six other former members of the staff of the "News of the World", with conspiring to intercept communications without lawful authority, from 3 October 2000 to 9 August 2006 add something


Actress Lara Jean Chorostecki has noted in interviews that when she was cast as unethical journalist Freddie Lounds in the 2013 TV series, "Hannibal", producer Bryan Fuller showed Chorostecki a picture of Brooks, and suggested studying Brooks as an inspiration for the character add something


Brooks' trial over the phone-hacking claims is expected to start 28 October 2013 add something


On 31 October 2013 it was revealed she had had an affair lasting at least six years with Andy Coulson, another key figure in the phone-hacking scandal add something


Following a criminal trial in 2014 she was cleared of all charges by a jury at the Old Bailey add something


On 24 June 2014, Rebekah Brooks was cleared of all charges related to the phone hacking add something


In September 2015, Brooks was confirmed as CEO of News UK, Rupert Murdoch's UK division of his News Corp empire, re-establishing their working relationship together add something