09 Nov '11, 6am

Murdoch takes over chairmanship of Australian arm

Murdoch takes over chairmanship of Australian arm

SYDNEY: Rupert Murdoch said Wednesday he will take over as chairman of his Australian arm News Limited with current chairman and chief executive John Hartigan stepping down. In a major shake-up at the top, Hartigan will leave after 41 years. Murdoch, 80, will replace him as chairman with Kim Williams, currently head of Foxtel, a News Corp joint venture that is Australia's largest pay television company, taking on Hartigan's chief executive duties. Williams' job at Foxtel goes to Richard Freudenstein, the chief executive of The Australian newspaper. No reason was given for Hartigan's departure although he turns 64 next week. Murdoch paid tribute to his long-time employee. "John's decision ends a distinguished 41-year career with News in which he has given us exemplary service and incredible leadership," said Murdoch, who is currently in Australia, in a statement. "John has ...

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