Nov. 9 - Rupert Murdoch to become chairman of News Corp's Australian arm, at a politically difficult time. Kirsty Basset reports.
John Hartigan is News Ltd Chairman and Chief Executive in Australia - news of his retirement came as no surprise but his replacement did. The veteran journalist's post will be split. Kim Williams - the current head of pay-TV provider Foxtel - will become CEO while Rupert Murdoch takes on the role of Chairman. The News Corp boss is going back to his Australian roots at a time when the publisher is battling a hostile government. News Corp's Australian dailies have been criticised for their political coverage and a tender for broadcasting Australian TV into Asia has been scrapped. The announcement was also made a day before another Murdoch - Rupert's son James - battles the UK government. The Executive Chairman of News International faces a second parliamentary committee on Thursday over the News of the World phone hacking scandal. Some News Corp investors have been pressing for both Murdochs to step back from the business to help the company recover from the crisis. Kirsty Basset, Reuters.