News International Names BSkyB COO Mike Darcey Its New CEO

5:54 AM PST 12/03/2012 by George Szalai
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Tom Mockridge, the current boss of the U.K. newspaper arm of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. announced his resignation on Sunday.

After Sunday night's news that Tom Mockridge will leave his post as CEO of News Corp.'s News International newspaper unit in the U.K., the conglomerate on Monday said it has picked BSkyB COO Mike Darcey as his replacement.

Darcey has served as COO of U.K. pay TV giant BSkyB since 2006. News Corp. owns a 39 percent stake in BSkyB.

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“I’m delighted that Mike Darcey has agreed to take the reins as News International’s new CEO,” said News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch. “Mike is a world-class executive with unprecedented strategic and commercial experience, and I look forward to benefiting from his many talents."

Added Murdoch: "His broadcasting background will provide important leadership in the development of our already impressive suite of digital products at News International.”

Mockridge was CEO of News International since July 2011 when he took over for Rebekah Brooks amid the phone hacking scandal.

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