News Corp.'s digital chief Jon Miller exits
With News Corp. splitting in two, its digital chief Jon Miller has decided to split as well.
Miller, who has served as the media giant’s chief digital officer since 2009, will exit his position at the end of September and serve as an outside advisor through the fall of 2013. He will not be replaced.
The move comes as News Corp. prepares to split itself into two separate publicly traded companies. One will comprise its publishing assets including The Wall Street Journal and the other will be made up of its entertainment units, including its movie studio and television networks.
But even prior to the split Miller had seen his role at News Corp. reduced as the company started to rethink its digital strategy. Last year it sold the social networking site Myspace and more recently it has been looking to spin off its gaming property IGN Entertainment. Last week, Roy Bahat stepped down as president of IGN.
In a statement, Miller indicated he would seek a more hands-on role in his next job as opposed to a manager of various assets.
“While my time spent has been productive, it feels like the right time to exit,” Miller said.
News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch called Miller a visionary and added that his commitment over the last three years has “driven us to truly evolve the way millions of people use new platforms to consume news and entertainment.”
Miller will also step down from the board of the online video site Hulu, which News Corp. owns a large stake in along with Walt Disney Co. and Comcast.
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