News Corp. General Counsel Takes Over Phone Hacking Committee

Joel Klein Headshot - P 2012
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Joel Klein Headshot - P 2012

Joel Klein will switch his focus back to the conglomerate's education division.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. said Monday it has approved a change in the reporting structure of its Management and Standards Committee, which has overseen its internal probe into the phone hacking scandal and related issues.

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The MSC will now report directly to Gerson Zweifach, News Corp.'s senior executive vp and group general counsel, who has served as a member of the MSC since February.

Joel Klein, who previously oversaw the MSC, will transition back to his full-time role as executive vp and CEO of News Corp.'s education division.

"This shift will enable the company to consolidate its efforts with respect to ongoing U.K. and related investigations within its legal group, which Mr. Zweifach has led since joining News Corporation in February," the company said.

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In his MSC role, Zweifach will report to News Corp.'s independent directors through Viet Dinh, an independent director and chairman of News Corporation's nominating and corporate governance committee.