News Corporation Announces Details Regarding Proposed Separation of Businesses

  News Corporation Announces Details Regarding Proposed Separation of

   Robert Thomson Named CEO of Proposed Publishing Company; Leadership Team

             Companies to be Named News Corporation and Fox Group

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- December 03, 2012

News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) today announced that Dow
Jones Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal Robert
Thomson will become the CEO of the new proposed publishing entity, following
the Company’s intended separation into two independent, publicly traded

In keeping with the company’s 60-year heritage of bringing news to the world,
the publishing entity will retain the name News Corporation. The media and
entertainment company, which began in earnest when Chairman and CEO Rupert
Murdoch acquired 20^th Century Fox and launched the Fox Network more than 25
years ago, will be named Fox Group.

As previously announced, Rupert Murdoch will serve as Chairman of the new News
Corporation and Chairman and CEO of Fox Group. Chase Carey will serve as
President and Chief Operating Officer of Fox Group, with James Murdoch
continuing in his capacity as Deputy Chief Operating Officer. Under their
collective leadership, Fox Group will continue to strengthen its creative
content businesses and distribution assets, including enhancing its sports
portfolio through key investments in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

“This is an incredibly exciting time, for me personally, and for our
companies’ ambitious futures,” said Rupert Murdoch. “The challenges we face in
the publishing and media industries are great, but the opportunities are

Murdoch continued, “Under Robert’s leadership at News Corporation, we will
build on our traditional mission to inform, entertain and enhance the lives of
readers and viewers around the world, and relentlessly drive global growth by
promoting excellence and investing in our businesses.

“At Fox Group, what began with the acquisition of a modest film studio over 25
years ago has grown into one of the world’s most successful media companies of
all times, defying conventional wisdom at every turn by pursuing excellence in
creativity and innovation. Fox Group is perfectly positioned to deliver even
more inspiring stories that engage audiences through film, television, sports
and digital platforms, driving not only financial results but a lasting
imprint on the millions of people who enjoy our various services, in every
corner of the world.”


Robert Thomson, who has served as Editor-in-Chief of Dow Jones and Managing
Editor of The Wall Street Journal since 2008, will begin his work as incoming
CEO to the publishing company on January 1, 2013.

“From the moment we made the decision to split the company, I could think of
no one better suited to be CEO of our publishing company than Robert Thomson.
Robert has been an outstanding leader for the The Wall Street Journal, making
it the dominant newspaper in the U.S. and greatly expanding its global reach
through, which now publishes in eight languages. More than that,
Robert is a person of unmatched integrity, whose passion and commitment to
excellence have gained him the confidence and trust of his colleagues all
around the world.”

Thomson commented, “Rupert has been the driving force behind the renaissance
of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones – which have enjoyed readership and
revenue growth in a complicated and evolving media market -- and we intend to
lead a broader revenue renaissance for quality content. I am looking forward
to working with him and our colleagues around the world to use the company’s
esteemed past as a platform for the future. The global value of content is
growing as the means of digital distribution multiply, providing us with a
remarkable opportunity to profit from our employees’ ingenuity and integrity.
We have a collection of extremely successful companies, and our goal is to
make the new News Corp far more than the sum of its distinguished parts.”

Mr. Murdoch and Mr. Thomson are pleased to announce the following key
executives joining the publishing Company:

• Bedi Ajay Singh, who most recently served as President, Finance and
Administration & CFO for MGM Studios, will assume the role of Chief Financial
Officer. Previously, Mr. Singh served as CFO at Gemstar-TV Guide, Novartis
Pharmaceuticals and SONY Pictures Entertainment. Prior to 2000, he held a
number of positions at News Corporation, including senior finance roles at
News International and 20^th Century Fox. Mr. Singh is a Fellow of the UK
Institute of Chartered Accountants and started his business career with Arthur
Andersen in London.

• Paul Cheesbrough, currently News Corporation’s Chief Technology Officer,
will serve in the same capacity for the new publishing company. Mr.
Cheesbrough was previously the Chief Information Officer at News
International, where he was responsible for the organization’s technology
strategy, delivery, transformation programs and digital products. Before
joining News International, Mr. Cheesbrough served as Chief Information
Officer at the Telegraph Media Group, and prior to that was Controller of
Digital Media for the BBC.

• Keisha Smith will serve as director of Human Relations. She previously
served in various management roles at Morgan Stanley, most recently as the
Global Head of Recruiting and Chief Diversity Officer for the Firm. Prior to
Morgan Stanley, Ms. Smith worked at the Financial Times where she led the
staffing initiative for the launch of the venture.

In addition, Gerson Zweifach, currently General Counsel of News Corporation,
will serve in a dual role as both General Counsel of Fox Group, and, for a
period of one year following the separation, also of the new News Corporation.


News Corporation also today announced that Gerard Baker, currently Deputy
Editor-in-Chief of The Wall Street Journal, will succeed Robert Thomson as
Editor-in-Chief of Dow Jones and Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal,
effective January 1, 2013. Following a thorough review and interviews with
news staff and Company executives, Mr. Baker’s appointment was unanimously
endorsed by the Dow Jones Special Committee.

Robert Thomson commented, “Gerry has had a distinguished career that included
a stint at the Bank of England, and a celebrated journalistic past at the BBC,
the Financial Times and The Times, and I expect him to have an even more
successful future as Editor-in-Chief of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones.
His international experience and his background in broadcasting will both be
crucial editorial assets as the Journal and Newswires continue their ambitious
global and digital expansion.”

Before joining Dow Jones, Mr. Baker was the U.S. editor and an assistant
editor of the Times of London, where he wrote news, commentary and columns for
Britain’s longest continuously published newspaper and oversaw U.S. coverage
for the paper and online editions. From 1994 to 2004, Mr. Baker worked for the
Financial Times, first as Tokyo Correspondent, where he wrote about the
country’s financial crisis, and then, from 1998 to 2002, as Washington Bureau
Chief, where he led a team of 10 correspondents and provided extensive
reporting and analysis of the Federal Reserve. From 2002 to 2004 he was the
FT’s Chief U.S. Commentator and an Associate Editor. He began his career as a
news producer and correspondent at the BBC.

News Corporation also announced that effective immediately, Jesse Angelo, the
founding Editor-in-Chief of The Daily and long-time Executive Editor of The
New York Post, will assume the role of Publisher of The New York Post. As part
of a digital restructuring initiative, the company will cease standalone
publication of The Daily iPad app on December 15, 2012, though the brand will
live on in other channels. Technology and other assets from The Daily,
including some staff, will be folded into The Post.

Mr. Murdoch said: “From its launch, The Daily was a bold experiment in digital
publishing and an amazing vehicle for innovation. Unfortunately, our
experience was that we could not find a large enough audience quickly enough
to convince us the business model was sustainable in the long-term. Therefore
we will take the very best of what we have learned at The Daily and apply it
to all our properties. Under the editorial leadership of Editor-in-Chief Col
Allan and the business and digital leadership of Jesse, I know The New York
Post will continue to grow and become stronger on the web, on mobile, and not
least, the paper itself. I want to thank all of the journalists, digital and
business professionals for the hard work they put into The Daily.”

Paul Carlucci, who has served as Publisher of The New York Post since 2005
will focus exclusively on his role as Chairman of News America Marketing where
he continues to generate important profits.

Greg Clayman, Publisher of The Daily, will oversee the Company's global
digital strategy, new digital investments and distribution partnerships,
working with CTO Paul Cheesbrough.


As previously announced, Tom Mockridge, who has served as CEO of News
International since July 2011, will leave the Company at the end of the year
to pursue other opportunities. Mr. Mockridge will be replaced by Mike Darcey,
who has served as Chief Operating Officer of BSkyB since 2006.

“I’m delighted that Mike Darcey has agreed to take the reins as News
International’s new CEO,” said Rupert Murdoch. “Mike is a world-class
executive with unprecedented strategic and commercial experience and I look
forward to benefiting from his many talents. His broadcasting background will
provide important leadership in the development of our already impressive
suite of digital products at News International.”


On June 28, 2012, News Corporation announced that it intends to pursue the
separation of its publishing and its media and entertainment businesses into
two distinct publicly traded companies. The global publishing company that
would be created through the proposed transaction would consist of the
Company’s publishing businesses, its education division and other Australian
assets. The global media and entertainment company would consist of the
Company’s cable and television assets, filmed entertainment, and direct
satellite broadcasting businesses. The global publishing company that would be
created through the proposed transaction would consist of the Company’s
current publishing businesses, as well as its education division. Following
the separation, each company would maintain two classes of common stock: Class
A Common and Class B Common Voting Shares. The separation is expected to be
completed in approximately one year from the date of announcement. In addition
to final approval from the Board of Directors and stockholder approval, the
completion of the separation will be subject to receipt of regulatory
approvals, opinions from tax counsel and favorable rulings from certain tax
jurisdictions regarding the tax-free nature of the transaction to the Company
and to its stockholders, further due diligence as appropriate, and the filing
and effectiveness of appropriate filings with the SEC. There can be no
assurances given that the separation of the Company's businesses as described
will occur. The Company expects to make preliminary filings regarding the
proposed separation with the SEC shortly.

About News Corporation

News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) had total assets as of
September 30, 2012 of approximately US$60 billion and total annual revenues of
approximately US$34 billion. News Corporation is a diversified global media
company with operations in six industry segments: cable network programming;
filmed entertainment; television; direct broadcast satellite television;
publishing; and other. The activities of News Corporation are conducted
principally in the United States, Continental Europe, the United Kingdom,
Australia, Asia and Latin America.


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