Andrew Knight to Replace Rupert Murdoch as Times Newspapers Chairman

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Knight will step down from his current board position with News Corp. to take up the role with the News International publishing group.

LONDON – Andrew Knight, a director at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., has been named chairman of Times Newspaper Holdings, the British subsidiary that publishes The Times and The Sunday Times newspapers.

In July, Murdoch stepped down as chairman of Times Newspapers as part of the proposed split of News Corp. into two companies.

Former News International chairman Knight has been on the board since 1991.

While a part of Murdoch's empire, Knight's resume also includes stints as chairman of the compensation committee and a member of News Corp.'s audit committee.

He will officially resign from the News Corp. board Oct. 16 at the company's annual meeting.

Murdoch said of Knight: "His experience and insight as a journalist and as an executive will be a huge asset to The Times and The Sunday Times as they face the challenges and seize the opportunities of the future."

It is a high-profile move for Knight as Murdoch and company begin to reshape News Corp. into two separate entities.

News International publication The Sun and the now defunct News of the World tabloids remain at the heart of the ongoing phone hacking scandal in the U.K.

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