News Corporation comms chief Matthew Anderson to step down

News Corporation's top communicator Matthew Anderson is to leave his post at the end of March.

Matthew Anderson: to leave at the end of March
Matthew Anderson: to leave at the end of March

He is currently News Corp’s group director, strategy and corporate affairs, Europe and Asia.

The firm said in a statement that Anderson is to return to the US to ‘pursue new opportunities’, but will continue as a senior adviser to the firm ‘focusing on select international initiatives and relevant directorships’.

Anderson joined News Corp in 2008 from British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB), where he was group director, comms and brand marketing.

He began his association with Rupert Murdoch’s media empire working with Star TV and News Corp in 2000 when he was chief executive for the Asia Pacific region of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide based in Hong Kong.

Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corporation, said in a statement: ‘For more than a decade, Matthew has made a valuable contribution to building News Corporation’s businesses in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He is a tenacious and effective executive whose counsel and skills have made a real difference.’

Anderson commented: ‘It has been a great privilege to work for the world’s most diverse, global and dynamic media business. Few companies so consistently combine vision with the risk-taking and grit that’s required to bring about positive change and innovation in our industry. I look forward to continuing my relationship with News Corporation as I return home to the San Francisco Bay area.’

Anderson worked particularly closely with News Corp deputy COO James Murdoch during his time with the company.

He is understood to have a played an instrumental behind-the-scenes role in helping co-ordinate the company’s comms response to hacking allegations which resulted in the closure of the News of the World and the resignation of a number of senior executives. 

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