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'Brooks' return shows News UK culture hasn't changed'

The return of Rebekah Brooks to News UK as chief executive of the newspaper operation sends "a signal" that the culture at the organisation "has in no way changed", claims hacking victim Christopher Jefferies.

Jefferies, who the now defunct News of the World falsely linked to the murder of Joanana Yates, told ITV News: "As far as I'm concerned Rebekah Brooks is somebody who has never publically apologised."

ITV News' Rohit Kachroo reports:

'Murdoch has just stuck two fingers up to the British public'

Rupert Murdoch has come under fire for reinstating Rebekah Brooks Credit: Drew Angerer / Pool via CNP

Rupert Murdoch has "stuck two fingers up" to the public with his decision to appoint Rebekah Brooks CEO of his newspaper operation, claims one of the victims of the News Of The World's phone-hacking scandal.

Shadow culture secretary Chris Bryant, whose phone was one of those that was hacked by the now closed newspaper, said he felt Brooks was getting special treatment in the wake of the scandal.

He said: "Rupert Murdoch has just stuck two fingers up to the British public and the thousands of people whose phones were hacked by News International.

"Hundreds of ordinary journalists lost their jobs when Mr Murdoch closed the News Of The World, but it seems Rebekah Brooks is to get very special treatment."

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Rebekah Brooks appointed CEO of Murdoch's News UK

File photo dated 18/03/10 of Rupert Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks Credit: PA

Rebekah Brooks has been appointed CEO of Rupert Murdoch's UK newspaper operation, the company has announced.

It was reported last week that Ms Brooks was returning to Rupert Murdoch-controlled News Corp a year after she was cleared of phone hacking.

Murdoch 'preparing to step down from 21st Century Fox'

Rupert Murdoch is preparing to step down as CEO and controlling shareholder of 21st Century Fox, CNBC reports.

According to the US news outlet, the 84-year-old will pass the title on to his son James.

The 84-year-old is reportedly preparing to step down as CEO of 21st Century Fox. Credit: Reuters

A Fox spokesperson told CNBC the matter of succession is on the board of director's agenda at its next regularly scheduled meeting and declined to make further comment.

Miliband targets Murdoch and 'powerful interests'

Ed Miliband has targeted Rupert Murdoch in his election manifesto speech.

The Labour leader said that voters would have to choose who they wanted in Number 10 when decisions that concern "powerful interests" were being made.

Mr Miliband said "The answer will never be David Cameron."

And you have to ask: who do you want in power when it comes to these big decisions? When the knock on the door comes from the big six energy companies... Or when the phone call comes from Rupert Murdoch. Who do you want in Downing Street? Who do you think will stand up to those powerful interests? Who do you want standing up for you? The answer will never be David Cameron.

Because he’s strong at standing up to the weak, but always weak in standing up to the strong.

– Ed Miliband

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US drops phone hacking probe into Murdoch companies

News Corp and 21st Century Foxm both owned by Rupert Murdoch, will not be prosecuted. Credit: Reuters

Rupert Murdoch's media companies will not face prosecution in America over allegations of phone-hacking and payments to public officials in Britain.

The US Department of Justice had been investigating both News Corp and 21st Century Fox but after completing its probe it said it would not pursue charges.

Gerson Zweifach, representing both companies, said: "We are grateful that this matter has been concluded and acknowledge the fairness and professionalism of the Department of Justice throughout this investigation."

The News of the World newspaper closed as a result and a number of its former journalists have since been convicted following the scandal.

In July last year ex-editor Andy Coulson was found guilty of the hacking plot while his predecessor Rebekah Brooks was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Murdoch: 'Still all to play for' in referendum

Rupert Murdoch has tweeted that it's "still all to play for" in the Scottish referendum after a poll revealed the No campaign is holding a narrow lead.

He has tweeted in the past that he is "wrestling with Scottish vote."

Rupert Murdoch 'wrestling with Scottish vote'

Rupert Murdoch has weighed into the Scottish referendum debate, tweeting that the Scots are "better people than to be dependants of London".

Murdoch clutches The Sun as he leaves London home

Rupert Murdoch as he leaves his London home.

Rupert Murdoch clutched a copy of The Sun as he left his London home this morning.

ITV News understands the media tycoon is on his way to a staff meeting at News UK, the British newspaper arm of his News Corp company.

The media tycoon can be seen holding a copy of the Sun in the front seat of the car.
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