News Corp. has appointed Mike Darcey, currently chief operating officer of U.K. satcaster BSkyB, CEO of News Intl., which runs Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper biz in Blighty.
He replaces Tom Mockridge, who ankled Sunday but is expected to stay on until the end of the year.
Darcey joined BSkyB in 1998 and has played a key role in the rise of the paybox, where he has been responsible for, among other things, ensuring that it held on to exclusive live rights to English Premier League soccer.
Darcey is a high-profile figure on the London TV scene, a regular on conference panels and active in the Royal Television Society, where he is chair of the Trustees.
He will not be replaced at BSkyB. His responsibilities will be divided among three execs: Sophie Turner Laing, the managing director of entertainment and news, will take charge of joint ventures and third-party channels; Andrew Griffith, chief financial officer, will take on ad sales and BSkyB business that covers pubs and clubs; Stephen van Rooyen, managing director of sales and marketing, will have responsibility for BSkyB betting and gaming.
BSkyB CEO Jeremy Darroch praised Darcey and said his “strategic and commercial success made him an excellent choice to lead News Intl.”