10:54am PT by Ashley Cullins
Fox Spinoff Company Names Chief Legal Officer
There's a new chief lawyer for the new Fox. Lachlan Murdoch on Monday announced that Viet Dinh is leaving the 21st Century Fox board to head the legal and policy arm of Fox, the company that's being spun off from the parent in connection with the $71.3 billion Disney merger.
The Department of Justice in June approved the mega merger on the condition that Fox's regional sports networks were removed from the mix because Disney already owns ESPN and the combined assets could form a sports broadcasting monopoly. The new Fox includes those networks, as well as Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and the Fox broadcast network.
Dinh will oversee legal, compliance and regulatory matters, as well as government and public affairs and will be a key player in establishing the new company leading up to the close of the merger.
“Viet brings to ‘Fox’ a unique strategic mind and deep knowledge of our business based on his many years of service on the 21CF board,” said Murdoch in a Monday statement. “He will be a key member of our senior management team as well as a valued advisor to me, our chief operating officer John Nallen and the rest of the team. I look forward to working closely with Viet as we ‘stand up’ Fox and chart a growth path for our dynamic and iconic news and live sports businesses.”
Dinh comes from Kirkland & Ellis and spent more than 20 years teaching law at Georgetown University, according to the announcement. He's a Harvard grad who clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.