Nov 20 2012 By Cheryl Mullin
Scotland Yard said Kay, 69, and Brooks, 44, both answered bail today and were charged. They will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on November 29.
There is a remaining suspect who is still being investigated in relation to these charges.
Prosecutors said the file passed to them by police related to two journalists and two public officials.
So far, 52 people have been arrested as part of Operation Elveden, the investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials.
Two of those, a retired police officer and a former journalist, have been told they will face no further action.
A senior counter-terrorism detective has already been charged and is due to face trial in January.
Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn is accused of leaking information to the NOTW about the police inquiry into whether to reopen the investigation into phone hacking.
Operation Elveden is being run alongside two others: Operation Weeting, which is looking at allegations of phone hacking, and Operation Tuleta, an inquiry into accusations of computer hacking and other privacy breaches.
Eight people including Coulson and Brooks face charges linked to an alleged conspiracy to hack phones.
The others are private investigator Glenn Mulcaire and five former NOTW journalists - ex-managing editor Stuart Kuttner, former news editor Greg Miskiw, former head of news Ian Edmondson, ex-chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and former reporter James Weatherup.
They are all due to face trial in September next year.So far 18 people have been arrested as part of Operation Tuleta, but no one has yet been charged.