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Murdoch gave loyal lieutenant Rebekah Brooks 1.7m pay-off, car and office
Guardian ^ | November 5th 2011 | Daniel Boffey,

Posted on 11/05/2011 4:34:48 PM PDT by Cardhu

Rebekah Brooks, the former News of the World editor who resigned as chief executive of News International at the height of the phone-hacking scandal, received £1.7m in cash, the use of a London office and a chauffeur-driven limousine as part of her severance package from the newspaper group.

Brooks, a favourite of Rupert Murdoch who rose from being a secretary on the features desk of the Sunday newspaper to the very top of the mogul's UK operation, quit in July amid claims over the alleged illegal activities carried out by her executives and reporters. Days after she resigned, she was arrested and bailed in connection with allegations of phone hacking and corruption.

Records at Companies House show that she has resigned from 23 directorships related to the firm. However, the Observer has learned that, along with a generous payoff and continued use of her company limousine and driver for two years, Brooks, 43, has been given an office for the same period of time in an affluent central London area which her spokesman asked the Observer not to reveal for security reasons.

The decision to give Brooks an office will inevitably be raised on Thursday when James Murdoch, the 38-year-old son of Rupert and chairman of News International, returns to Westminster to answer questions from the Commons culture, media and sport select committee about his knowledge of illegal activities by his employees.

Tom Watson, the Labour MP who helped lead the fight to expose the phone-hacking practices carried out by News of the World journalists, queried the company's decision. He said: "It is remarkably curious that such an generous package is given to Ms Brooks when others have been cut loose. It is almost as if she hasn't really left the company...

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: newsinternational; rebekahbrooks; redheadsrule; rupertmurdoch; unitedkingdom
Tom Watson,...I am sure Mr Murdoch will want to explain the decision to his shareholders."
1 posted on 11/05/2011 4:34:52 PM PDT by Cardhu
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To: Cardhu
It's actually pretty common for companies to give a temporary office to laid-off employees — mainly to help them get another job.
2 posted on 11/05/2011 5:12:32 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Of course it is but this is a rather unusual layoff for a CEO who has brought serious legal problems to both the Sun and the now late News of the World.

From a company point of view this is peanuts but from a PR point of view it is unsettling in these times.


3 posted on 11/05/2011 5:18:47 PM PDT by Cardhu
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To: Cardhu

Can’t disagree with any of that.


4 posted on 11/05/2011 5:19:32 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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Thanks Cardhu.
The decision to give Brooks an office will inevitably be raised on Thursday when James Murdoch, the 38-year-old son of Rupert and chairman of News International, returns to Westminster to answer questions from the Commons culture, media and sport select committee about his knowledge of illegal activities by his employees.

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