Charged ... Rebekah Brooks, the former chief of News Corporation's British operations. Photo: AP
British Prime Minister David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson and the former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks will be charged as part of the investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials.
The Crown Prosecution Service said five people would face action as part of the inquiry, called Operation Elveden.
They include Coulson, a former News of the World editor, and former News of the World royal correspondent Clive Goodman, who are to be charged with two conspiracies relating to the request and authorisation of alleged payments to public officials in exchange for information, including a royal phone directory known as the ''Green Book''. It contained contact details for the royal family and members of the household.
Former News of the World editor, Andy Coulson. Photo: AP
Brooks, who was editor of the Sun between January 14, 2003 and September 1, 2009, is also facing charges, along with former Sun chief reporter John Kay and Ministry of Defence employee Bettina Jordan Barber.
The three are accused of a conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. It relates to information allegedly provided by Barber to the Sun in return for payments of about £100,000 ($154,000).
So far, 52 people have been arrested as part of Operation Elveden. Brooks, Coulson and 12 others already face phone-hacking charges.