Rebekah Brooks got £10.8m pay-off

Rebekah Brooks

Accounts reveal payoff to former chief executive of News International

LAST UPDATED AT 08:09 ON Thu 13 Dec 2012

Rebekah Brooks pocketed £10.8 million when she walked away from her position as chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's News International at the height of the phone hacking scandal last summer. The Guardian points out that the figure found in the latest documents filed at Companies House is far in excess of the £7 million figure given in October. She faces criminal charges over phone hacking and destroying evidence.

In a separate development James Harding, Editor of The Times, which is part of the News International stable, has quit. Harding told staff that it had been made clear to him that the company wanted him to go. He is understood to have fallen out with Murdoch over how The Times should cover the twin scandal - phone hacking and allegations of payments to official figures - that enveloped News International.

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