News Corp has appointed Paul Cheesbrough to be its chief technology officer. Cheesbrough was CIO for News International, in the UK where he is credited with introducing paid subscriptions to the online Times and Sunday Times.
In his new post, Cheesbrough will report directly to Mr Murdoch overseeing the company’s technology and digital strategy and new product development. He also will be responsible for the transition of technology systems that will occur with News Corp’s plans to separate its publishing assets from its entertainment brands.
John McKinley, who had been chief technology officer at News Corp since February 2011, is leaving the company.
McKinley worked closely with The Daily, the tablet newspaper that recently sacked about a third of its staff. He had reported to Jonathan Miller, News Corp’s chief digital officer, who also is leaving the company.
After the planned split, Cheesbrough will probably work for the publishing company, according to a person familiar with the plans.