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Rebekah Brooks returns to News UK on first day as CEO

Rebekah Brooks has returned to work at News UK as chief executive this morning.

Ms Brooks was appointed as CEO of News UK last week and returns to the Rupert Murdoch-controlled News Corp a year after she was cleared of any wrong-doing in the phone hacking scandal.

Her appointment isn't without its critics, however.

Shadow culture secretary Chris Bryant, whose phone was one of those hacked by those working at the now defunct News of the World 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.

– Shadow culture secretary Chris Bryant

'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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