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Rebekah Brooks named CEO of News UK
There have been leadership changes at News UK, with Rebekah Brooks appointed to CEO, David Dinsmore promoted to COO and Tony Gallagher named editor-in-chief of The Sun.
Brooks is returning to a post that she held four years ago. She was chief executive of News International from 2009 to 2011. Before that, she was editor of The Sun between 2003 and 2009, and from 2000 to 2003 she served as editor of the News of the World.
She started her career at the News of the World as a feature writer for its Sunday magazine in 1989.
Brooks said: “I am delighted to return to News UK. It is a privilege to be back amongst the most talented journalists and executives in the business.
“I am confident that we can meet the many challenges of this digital age with a combination of cutting edge technologies and world class journalism.”
Brooks replaces Mike Darcey, who is departing as CEO after three years in the post.
Dinsmore became editor of The Sun in June 2013, after several years at the newspaper, including working as managing editor and helping to launch The Sun on Sunday.
He began his career in journalism as a reporter on The Scottish Sun in 1990, becoming editor of the publication in 2006. He has also served as general manager of News UK in Scotland and director of operations for News UK.
Gallagher has been deputy editor of the Daily Mail since 2014, after serving as editor of the Daily Telegraph since 2009.
He joined the Daily Telegraph in 2006 after serving as head of news at the Daily Mail beforehand, where he helped launch MailOnline.
Brooks’ appointment will take effect on Monday (7 September), while Dinsmore and Gallagher are set to take on their new roles in the coming weeks.