* James Murdoch to be News International executive chairman
* New Sun editor to be named during the summer
(Adds details, background)
By Paul Sandle
LONDON, June 23 Rupert Murdoch's News Corp
(NWSA.O) named Rebekah Wade, editor of British tabloid The Sun,
as chief executive of its British newspaper arm News
International from Sept 1.
News Corp said on Tuesday Wade would continue to report to
James Murdoch, News Corp's chairman and chief executive Europe
and Asia, who will also become executive chairman of News
International from the same date.
Wade, 41, has edited top-selling tabloid The Sun for more
than six years, and before that was editor of Sunday red-top The
News of the World for three years.
In her new role she will assume responsibility for The
Times, The Sunday Times, The News of The World, and free sheet
thelondonpaper, as well as The Sun.
A new editor for The Sun will be named over the summer.
Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of News Corp,
said Wade was a great campaigning editor. "Her promotion
reflects the importance of journalism to this business."
Wade's tenure as editor of The News of the World was marked
by her campaign to name and shame paedophiles -- a move which
led to reprisal attacks, including against an innocent
However, she managed to maintain the circulation of the
title more succesfully than her rival red-top editors, and was
rewarded with the editorship of The Sun in 2003.
James Murdoch took responsibility for News Corp's UK titles
in December 2007, when Les Hinton moved across the Atlantic to
head Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal.
The shake-up will free Murdoch from day-to-day operations at
News International and enable him to spend more time on News
Corp's pay-TV interests, including Sky Italia, Germany's
Premiere and Star TV in Asia.
James Murdoch, the third child of the 78-year-old media
mogul, had been viewed as heir to the group, but the appointment
of industry veteran Chase Carey as Rupert Murdoch's top
lieutenant earlier this month made the succession less clear
Carey, 55, becomes News Corp's vice chairman, president and
chief operating officer on July 1, and will supervise the
company's global operations, which include newspapers, satellite
TV networks and the MySpace social network.
(Editing by Dan Lalor and Hans Peters)