The former CEO of the U.K. arm of the newspaper business resigned in 2011 amid the infamous phone-hacking scandal that rocked the Murdoch empire, bringing down News of the World. She was acquitted of all possible charges last June following an 18-month trial. Her successor, Andy Coulson, served 18 months in prison.
According to the FT, Brooks, a close confidant of News Corp. executive chairman Murdoch, received £16 million after resigning, mostly to cover her legal fees. She will reportedly reassume her post as early as September.
Brooks was editor of the tabloid News of the World in 2002 when journalists there hacked the phone of a missing teenager. She went on to edit the Sun, another Murdoch paper, and eventually became CEO of the paper’s parent company, News International.