News International CEO Tom Mockridge reviews head of corporate affairs role

News International's new CEO has launched a review into its top comms position, as NewsCorp's internal investigation into phone hacking continues.

Tom Mockridge: head of corporate affairs review
Tom Mockridge: head of corporate affairs review
News International spokeswoman Daisy Dunlop told PRWeek that following the shift of role for head of corporate affairs Simon Greenberg, his former job is being reviewed by News International’s new chief executive Tom Mockridge, who replaced Rebekah Brooks.

The review may result in Greenberg’s role being replaced. In the meantime Dunlop is leading News International’s comms, reporting directly to Mockridge.

Dunlop added that she has had no guidance on how long the review will take, or what it will include.

Greenberg has been sent on a ‘permanent secondment’ to NewsCorp, where he is working full-time on NewsCorp’s Management and Standards Committee (MSC).

The MSC was created by News International to investigate the hacking claims. As well as general manager Will Lewis and Greenberg, it is being run by general counsel Jeff Palker.

Despite the phone hacking scandal, NewsCorp announced a full-year operating income of £3.08bn on Thursday, a 12 per cent increase on the previous year. This has been driven by successful television and cable arms, with BSkyB and Fox News performing well.

Rupert Murdoch has pledged to do 'whatever is necessary' to prevent a repeat of the phone hacking scandal that led to the closure of the News of the World.

‘There can be no doubt about our commitment to ethics and integrity,’ said the chairman of NewsCorp.

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