Tom Mockridge named Chief Executive Officer of News International

News Corporation today announced that Tom Mockridge will take over from Rebekah Brooks with immediate effect.
Rebekah Brooks announced this morning that she has handed in her resignation and that the company had accepted it. Tom Mockridge joins News International with immediate effect, leaving his position as chief executive officer of Sky Italia where he had been since 2003. Mockridge has also overseen News Coroporation’s television operations in Europe, not including the UK, although he is a non-executive director of BSkyB.

James Murdoch has endorsed Mockridge saying he has proven himself.  “Tom is an outstanding executive with unrivalled experience across our journalism and television businesses. He has proven himself to be a very effective operator in his time at Sky Italia.

Under his leadership, Sky has grown to become one of the world’s most successful pay TV businesses, reaching close to 5 million homes and launching channels like TG24 which has set a new standard for independent journalism in Italy. I believe that Tom is the best person to move the company forward to a brighter future.” – James Murdoch, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Chairman and CEO for News Coroporation.