Murdoch set to name Robert Thomson chief of new publishing division

News Corp will next week name Robert Thomson, the former editor of The Times and the current managing editor of The Wall Street Journal and editor in chief of Dow Jones, as the head of its publishing business.

Australian-born Mr Thomson, a close confidant of New Corp chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch, will take charge of the business as the media conglomerate is in the middle of a process that will see it separate its entertainment and publishing divisions into two separate listed companies.

He will be succeeded as managing editor of The Wall Street Journal by the paper’s deputy editor, Gerard Baker, according to sources cited by Reuters.


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