Thomson named as News Corp publishing head

Robert Thomson has been named as the head of the separated publishing business soon to be formed at News Corp, in which HarperCollins will sit.

Thomson is currently managing editor of the Wall Street Journal, and a former editor of the Times, both owned by News Corp.

It was announced earlier this year that the publishing arm of News Corp would be separated from its entertainment business, which controls 20th Century Fox alongside several TV interests. Thomson's role will see him head a publishing division that includes international newspaper groups alongside HarperCollins. The companies are expected to become fully separated by the summer of 2013.

Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of News Corp said in a tweet: “Congratulations to Robert Thomson, incoming chairman of our publishing company. A special leader and a great friend. Also an Aussie!”

HarperCollins c.e.o. Victoria Barnsley said in June when the split was announced: “My gut feeling is that it is good news—we will be a bigger fish in a smaller pond . . . We will have more clout. I think we will have more investment, which will be good for all of us.”