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Rebekah Brooks was acquitted of all phone hacking charges last year (Reuters)

Rebekah Brooks looks set to return to News Corp eight months after she was cleared of all phone hacking charges.

The former editor of the now-defunct News of the World has reportedly been offered the chance to run Storyful, a social media news agency purchased by Rupert Murdoch for $25m (£16.2m) in 2013.

According to the Financial Times, Brooks has already rented a flat in New York but will initially be mainly be spending her time in the UK and in Storyful's offices in Dublin.

Brooks has been away from the public eye ever since she was acquitted conspiring to hack phones, conspiring to commit misconduct in public office, and conspiring to cover up evidence to pervert the course of justice following the eight month phone hacking trial at the Old Bailey. Her husband, Charlie, was also found not guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Andy Coulson, another former editor of the NotW, was sentenced to 18 months in jail after being found guilty of one count of conspiracy to hack phones.

There has been speculation about where Brooks would relaunch her career in the wake of the phone hacking trial. Despite being found not guilty of all charges, it was widely thought she would not return to British publishing.

Her previous roles in the UK included chief executive at News International and editor of the Sun.

Founded in 2008 by former RTE current affairs present Mark Little, Storyful verifies and manages the rights holders of news and videos on social media platforms such as Twitter in real time.