Sky Italia boss replaces Rebekah Brooks

The boss of News Corp's Italian satellite broadcasting arm - known as the man who took on Silvio Berlusconi - today replaced Rebekah Brooks at News International.

Tom Mockridge, 55, left Sky Italia with immediate effect to take up the role following Ms Brooks' resignation as NI chief executive.



New Zealand-born Mr Mockridge, who was Sky Italia chief executive since its launch in 2003, started his career as a newspaper reporter in the late 70s and will now oversee the publication of some of the UK's biggest national newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun.



James Murdoch, chief executive of News Corp International, said: "Tom is an outstanding executive with unrivalled experience across our journalism and television businesses."



He added: "I believe that Tom is the best person to move the company forward to a brighter future."



Mr Mockridge was chosen by News Corp chief executive Rupert Murdoch to lead the battle against the Italian media empire founded and part owned by the country's prime minister, Mr Berlusconi.



Sky Italia, which is 100% owned by News Corp and offers pay TV services, is in direct competition with Mediaset, the largest commercial broadcaster in Italy.



Sky Italia reported operating profits of more than £124 million and employs 4,500 people.



During his time with the company, Mr Mockridge was responsible for setting up award-winning rolling 24-hour news service TG24.



He was locked in a seemingly endless war of words with Mr Berlusconi during his time in Italy as legal battles were fought over football pricing, access to Italy's digital field, and TV taxes.



Mr Mockridge last year called for the removal of 2003 legislation in Italy preventing Sky Italia from entering the terrestrial television market.



The European Union ruled in Sky Italia's favour, a position upheld by Italy's top administrative court.



Mr Mockridge, who also sits on the board of BSkyB as a non-executive director, was previously responsible for overseeing News Corp's television operations in Europe, outside the UK.



Before joining Sky Italia, Mr Mockridge was chief executive of publicly-listed New Zealand company Independent Newspapers and chairman of Sky New Zealand.



He previously held various roles at media company Star Group Limited and spent three years as chief executive of Foxtel, News Corp's Australian pay TV joint venture.



Mr Mockridge joined News Corp in January 1991, working for Ken Cowley, chief executive of Australian newspaper company News Limited.



He was a member of Australian Finance Minister Paul Keating's staff between 1984 and 1991.



Mr Mockridge, who is married to an Italian citizen and has two children, started his career writing for Taranaki Daily News in New Zealand before moving to Australia where he was economics editor for the Sydney Morning Herald.



Laura Cioli, Sky Italia chief operating officer, and Domenico Labianca, chief finance officer, will assume Mr Mockridge's responsibilities on an interim basis, reporting to Mr Murdoch junior.



PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksNow available in paperback
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Media

Recruitment Genius: Web Designer

£20000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Award winning Peterborough base...

Langley James : PHP Developer; Linux, MySQL, MVC, GIT; Blackfriars; £40k

£35000 - £40000 per annum + progression, upskilling: Langley James : PHP Devel...

Recruitment Genius: Search Account Manager

£22000 - £29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£18000 - £30000 per annum + uncapped: SThree: Do you feel your sales role is l...

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital