MySpace tunes in new CTO

Maghen to help site evolve into entertainment hub

MySpace is turning to the architect of its expanded music offering to head up how the rest of the site operates.

The company has tapped Alex Maghen as its chief technology officer, replacing Aber Whitcomb, who is leaving MySpace to pursue other opportunities.

Appointment comes after Rupert Murdoch said in July that he wants MySpace to evolve into a major entertainment hub. Maghen would be instrumental in making that happen. An overhaul of MySpace Video is imminent, sources have said.

Maghen had been serving as CTO of MySpace Music, which bowed last year to become a more appealing online music destination for users.

Before MySpace, Maghen was CTO for Yahoo Entertainment and MTV Networks.

Maghen, who reports to company chief operating officer Mike Jones, will be based out of MySpace’s Los Angeles headquarters.

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