Brooks, who resigned from her News International post in 2011 in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, was acquitted last June by a British court of taking part in phone hacking and illegal payments to police and public officials at the now-defunct News Of The World newspaper. There has been much speculation since then about whether, and when, Brooks would return to the Murdoch fold. The 83-year-old media mogul is known to be a big admirer of Brooks. In 2011, at the height of the hacking scandal, he flew to London to offer Brooks his personal support.
Storyful was launched in 2008 by Irish journalist Mark Little. It was acquired by News Corp at the end of 2013 for $25 million. News Corp senior vp for video Rahul Chopra became Storyful’s chief revenue officer as part of the deal, before moving up to become chief executive last December. Storyful discovers, verifies, acquires and delivers user-generated content for its clients. It is unclear if Brooks will be taking over the chief executive position of the social media agency or a separate position will be found for her. The Financial Times reports that talks are still ongoing.