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News Corp. counsel Siskind set to retire

Exec will remain on News Corp.'s board of directors

NEW YORK — News Corp. general counsel Arthur Siskind, a longtime confidant of Rupert Murdoch, will retire at year’s end. His job will go to Lawrence Jacobs, currently deputy group general counsel.

Jacobs will also replace Siskind as general counsel of Fox Entertainment, and he’ll become a senior exec VP of News Corp. and a member of the office of the chairman.

Siskind, 65, will remain on News Corp.’s board of directors and continue to serve the company as senior adviser to the chairman.

Siskind has been group general counsel since 1991 and worked with the company for more than 30 years. “Since 1973, when he first helped News Corp. acquire the San Antonio Express and News, there hasn’t been a single deal or significant corporate development that didn’t bear Arthur’s firm imprint,” Murdoch said in a statement.

Jacobs joined News Corp. in 1996 from the firm of Squadron, Ellenoff, Plesent & Sheinfeld (which merged with Hogan and Hartson in 2002). He sits on the boards of satcasters Sky Mexico and Sky Brasil.

Separately, News Corp. announced that longtime finance exec Paul Haggerty has been named to the new position of exec VP of finance for global tax and benefits.

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