News International CEO Tom Mockridge Exits Amid Murdoch's Spinoff Plan
By Shane Croucher | December 3, 2012 7:51 PM EST
Tom Mockridge will leave his role as chief executive of scandal-engulfed News International (NI) by the end of the year, the company announced.
He has been chief executive of the Rupert Murdoch-owned UK newspaper publisher since July 2011 when he replaced Rebekah Brooks, who is at the centre of police probes into allegations of phone hacking and corruption involving NI journalists.
News Corporation, the parent company of NI, said Mockridge is leaving to "pursue outside opportunities".
"His decision to step down is absolutely and entirely his own," said Murdoch in the News Corp statement.
Mockridge has worked for Murdoch for 22 years, starting out on papers in Australia and New Zealand before heading up Sky Italia and eventually taking the NI job.
The departure comes as News Corp, which also owns BSkyB and 20th Century Fox among other well-known brands, prepares to split its publishing and entertainment businesses.
Bloomberg reported that Robert Thompson, editor of the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal, is set to be named as the chief executive of the new publishing division, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter.
Thomson is said to be close to fellow Australian Murdoch, who will likely head up the entertainment side of News Corp.
As well as editing the Wall Street Journal, Thomson has also been editor of The Times of London and held a senior editorial role at the Financial Times.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- 2014 MLB World Series Game 1: San Francisco Giants 7, Kansas City Royals 1 [PHOTOS]
- 2014 MLB World Series - Game 2: Kansas City Royals 7, San Francisco Giants 2 [PHOTOS]
- NFL Thursday Recap - Denver Broncos 35, San Diego Chargers 21: Peyton Manning Has 3 TDs In Easy Win [PHOTOS]
- 2014 MLB World Series Game 3: Kansas City Royals 3, San Francisco Giants 2 [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- Australia's Low Birth Rate May Be Due to Low Confidence in Economy
- Fears Of Infection Spread Prompt Some US Hospitals To Refuse Ebola Patients
- Readers Slam a Book Showing That US Wealth And Power Rests on Slave Labour
- LG G Watch R To Be Available Globally Starting With Europe, North America And Asia Through Retail Sites And Play Store
- Young Teen Fighter Says ISIS Uses Drugs On Suicide Bombers To Get Them Perform The Act
- Xiaomi Redmi 1S vs. Sharp Aquos Crystal – Specifications, Features And Price Showdown
- Verizon Motorola Droid Turbo Leaked Live Images Surfaces, Scheduled To Get Unveiled On Oct 28
- Update HTC One M7 with LG G2 with Android 4.4.2 as Sprint OTA: Fixes and Installation
- U.S. Targets Buyers of ISIS Oil, Threatens Sanctions
- ISIS Syria Airstrike Bombing Has Killed 550 People, Civilians Included
- Russia Blocking OSCE Monitoring Of Its Border With Ukraine
- Russia Shifts Blame On US For Ukraine Crisis, Putin Accuses West of 'Remaking World'