Rebekah Brooks, the former News International chief executive, has been charged over the alleged destruction of evidence relating to phone-hacking.
The former editor of the News of the World and the Sun attended Lewisham Police station in South London where she was charged.
She was charged with five others, including her husband Charlie Brooks, who attended Hammersmith Police station in West London.
The four others are Mrs Brooks's former PA Cheryl Carter, the company's head of security Mark Hanna, News International chauffeur Paul Edwards and security consultant Daryl Jorsling.
The charges include conspiring to conceal material from Scotland Yard detectives, conspiring to remove seven boxes of material from the archive of News International and conspiring to conceal documents, computers and other electronic equipment from detectives.