New York, NY – December 13, 2012 – News Corporation today announced the appointment of Niklas Lagergren as Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for Europe, Middle East and Africa, effective March 1st 2013. Mr. Lagergren, who joins the company from the Motion Picture Association, will report to Michael Regan, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs.
In his new role, Mr. Lagergren will lead regulatory and public policy efforts for News Corporation and its broad portfolio of businesses operating across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He will be based in News Corporation’s new Brussels office.
“Niklas brings to News Corporation a wealth of experience in the EU on issues critical to our businesses,” said Mr. Regan. “We continue to build the reach and depth of our government affairs capabilities globally and Niklas’ leadership of our Brussels-based operation will play a key role in maximizing our efforts.”
Commented Mr. Lagergren: “I am very excited to embark upon this challenge and look forward to joining a strong government affairs team. For the last 10 years at the MPA, I have been both professionally and personally committed to representing the public affairs interests of media companies and I am now fortunate to be able to take my efforts to a new level by joining the leader in global media.”
In addition, the Company announced that Benjamin King has been named Director, Government Affairs for Europe, Middle East and Africa, reporting to Mr. Lagergren. Mr. King most recently served as Public Affairs Manager for News International and was previously Head of Policy and Communications for the Publishers Association.
Mr. Lagergren served for more than a decade at the MPA, most recently as Vice President for EU Affairs. In this role, he was responsible for the government affairs strategy of the six major Hollywood studios at the EU level, focusing on policies around media, copyright, international trade, Internet governance, culture and e-commerce. He began his career at European Commission, where he held a number of positions at the Secretariat General before joining the FiSystem Web Agency, the team responsible for managing the EU’s Internet portal.
About News Corporation
News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) had total assets as of September 30, 2012 of approximately US$60 billion and total annual revenues of approximately US$34 billion. News Corporation is a diversified global media company with operations in six industry segments: cable network programming; filmed entertainment; television; direct broadcast satellite television; publishing; and other. The activities of News Corporation are conducted principally in the United States, Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, Asia and Latin America.
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