News Corp Slipped Brooks $2.7M Payout
Renewed interest in former News International exec ahead of Murdoch testimony
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2011 8:20 AM CST
A file picture taken on July 10, 2011, shows Rebekah Brooks, former chief executive of News International, and Rupert Murdoch in London.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Rebekah Brooks may have quit News Corp in disgrace at the height of the phone hacking scandal, but the less-than-harsh terms of her severance package are again grabbing headlines. The "loyal lieutenant," as the Guardian calls her, landed a $2.7 million severance, along with two years of a chauffer-driven limo and posh offices in London. The renewed interest in Brooks' deal comes as Murdoch son James is set to make a second appearance this week before a Parliament committee investigating the scandal.

"It is remarkably curious that such an generous package is given to Ms Brooks when others have been cut loose," says one MP. "It is almost as if she hasn't really left the company. I am sure Mr Murdoch will want to explain the decision to his shareholders."

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Kookey90
Nov 6, 2011 11:10 PM CST
I assume that we, the home audience, are supposed to overlook the fact that Rebekah Brooks landed the $2.7 million severance along with two years of a chauffer-driven limo and posh offices in London and instead just focus on the fact that she was fired in disgrace. I'm sure Brooks must be laughing her way to the bank on this one; By the way, who does her hair?
saucier111
Nov 6, 2011 12:30 PM CST
What does GOP stand for G=Government O=Oppression of the P=People
EllieDee
Nov 6, 2011 10:20 AM CST
Blame and pointing fingers will wear them to the bone. If your looking for honesty, why should we expect more from others, than we expect or do ourselves? Our glass house is being shown for what it is...and those who blame are being seen as not part of those seeking solutions