The former managing editor of News of the World Stuart Kuttner has been arrested by police on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, and on suspicion of corruption allegations, The Guardian reports.
He is the 11th person to be arrested under Scotland Yard's new investigation into hacking, Operation Weeting.
Kuttner faces the same allegations made against Rebekah Brooks (pictured), the former News of the World editor and News International chief executive arrested last month.
Kuttner, 71 who resigned in July 2009, was believed to be in charge of the purse-strings at the now-defunct Sunday tabloid.
Brooks told a parliamentary hearing last month that payments to private investigators came under the managing editor’s remit.
On resigning Kuttner was described by then-editor Colin Myler as a man whose "DNA is absolutely integrated into the newspaper which he has represented across the media with vigour".
He was an "outstanding managing editor" who was "a major driving force behind the success of Sarah's Law", Mr Myler said.
Other arrested and bailed figures include ex-NoW editor Andy Coulson, ex-NoW assistant editor Ian Edmondson, ex-NoW chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and senior ex-NoW journalist James Weatherup.