Rupert Murdoch appoints trusted deputies to lead News Corporation split

Chase Carey and Robert Thomson placed into key roles in newly created entertainment and publishing divisions

Rupert Murdoch has placed two of his most trusted lieutenants, Chase Carey and Robert Thomson, into key roles at the companies formed from the demerger of News Corporation.

Thomson, managing editor of the Wall Street Journal in New York and a former editor of the Times in London, will become the chief executive of the newly created publishing company. An announcement on Monday said it would take the News Corporation name, "in keeping with the company's 60-year heritage of bringing news to the world".

Carey will be president and chief operating officer of the entertainment division, to be named Fox Group. James Murdoch will be deputy chief operating officer of the group, which will hold Murdoch's lucrative television and movie interests in the US.

The main assets of the publishing division will be News International's British titles, the WSJ, the New York Post, the Australian and other News Ltd papers and the HarperCollins book publishing business. Thomson will run the new company from New York.

As part of the upheaval, Murdoch is closing The Daily iPad app.

Murdoch, who will remain as chairman of the new News Corp and will take on the roles of chairman and CEO of Fox Group, said: "This is an incredibly exciting time, for me personally, and for our companies' ambitious futures. The challenges we face in the publishing and media industries are great, but the opportunities are greater."

News Corp announced that Tom Mockridge, who was parachuted in to succeed Rebekah Brooks as News International chief executive following the phone-hacking scandal, will be stepping down at the end of the year. Mockridge is to be succeeded by Mike Darcey, chief operating officer of the British pay-TV giant BSkyB since 2006.

It was reported in Monday's Financial Times that Elisabeth Murdoch was not expected to take a seat on either the board of the publishing company or the entertainment company which will also emerge from the News Corp split.

There was no word on whether Rupert Murdoch's youngest son, Lachlan, would take a seat on the board of the entertainment company.

In the Monday announcement, Murdoch confirmed that The Daily would close on 15 December. Jesse Angelo, founding editor of The Daily, will become publisher of the New York Post, while Greg Clayman, publisher of The Daily, will oversee the company's digital strategy.

News Corp said Paul Carlucci, 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".

Murdoch announced plans to demerge News Corp into two separately listed companies earlier this year. The demerger is expected to be completed by June.

Australian-born Thomson, a close confidant, had long been tipped as the favourite to head the publishing company, and his appointment will be welcomed by staff at the UK newspaper division in Wapping, east London, where he commands respect as a seasoned journalist.

The 51-year-old started as a journalist in 1979, when he joined the Herald in Melbourne, working as a finance and general affairs reporter before becoming the paper's Sydney correspondent.

In 1983 he moved to the Sydney Morning Herald and by 1998 he was the editor of the US edition of the Financial Times, leading its ambitious drive to increase circulation in America. He came to London to become deputy editor of the Financial Times in 2001 but a year later Murdoch appointed him editor of the Times.

He was moved to the US following Murdoch's $5.6bn acquisition of Dow Jones in late 2007.

Gerard Baker, deputy editor of the WSJ, will succeed Thomson.

Among the key decisions Thomson will have to make will be what to do about the financially struggling New York Post and whether the new company will go on an acquisition spree for other US newspapers that could come on the market, such as the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.

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