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Reports: Rebekah Brooks given £7m pay-off

The former chief executive of News International has reportedly been given a £7 million pay-off after resigning last year. The Financial Times says the sum was made up of cash and pension payments. It also took into consideration legal fees and her chauffeur-driven car.

Rebekah Brooks seen last month at the Old Bailey Credit: Press Association.

The level of the payment is significantly higher than previous reports of £1.7m.

Coulson and Brooks face trial next year

David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks will face trial over allegations linked to phone hacking in September next year.

The pair appeared at the Old Bailey today with fellow former journalists from defunct tabloid the News of the World (NotW).

David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks. Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ex-managing editor Stuart Kuttner, former news editor Greg Miskiw, former head of news Ian Edmondson, ex-chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and former reporter James Weatherup are also facing charges, along with private detective Glenn Mulcaire. Kuttner was excused from attending the hearing today.

The seven former NotW staff face one general accusation of conspiracy to access voicemails which prosecutors say could affect up to 600 victims, along with other charges related to specific people.

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Former News of the World staff in court today

  • Rebekah Brooks and five other people have been accused of perverting the course of justice in connection with phone hacking.
  • The other former News of the World staff are Brooks's former personal assistant Cheryl Carter, head of security at News International Mark Hanna, Brooks's chauffeur Paul Edwards and security staff Daryl Jorsling and Lee Sandell.
  • Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire is accused of four counts related to particular individuals.
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