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Cheesbrough new Twenty First Century Fox CTO

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MUMBAI: Twenty First Century Fox yesterday announced the appointment of Paul Cheesbrough to the role of the chief technology officer. In this new role, he will lead company-wide information technology strategy and play a leadership role in driving its investments in technology, platforms and systems on a global basis. He joins Twenty First Century Fox from News Corp, where he also has served as the CTO.

Cheesbrough will report to the executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch and the CEO James Murdoch, who commented: “Paul is an outstanding executive and strategist whose great operational chops and track record in technology we know very well. Our business demands continuous innovation across everything we do. We can’t think of anyone more qualified than Paul to ensure it extends equally to how we harness technology to empower our people and businesses.”

Reporting to Cheesbrough in his new role will be the enterprise technology leaders from Fox Networks Group, Twentieth Century Fox Film and Fox News Channel.

Since 2012, he served as the News Corp. CTO. In this role, he led the company’s technology teams and drove digital transformation across its businesses, focusing on new platforms, digital investments and acquisitions. Prior to that he held executive technology leadership positions at News Corp’s UK Business News UK, Telegraph Media Group, the BBC and IBM. He also currently serves as the Chairman of Unruly Media.

21st Century Fox is a premier portfolio of cable, broadcast, film, pay TV and satellite assets spanning six continents. Reaching more than 1.8 billion subscribers in approximately 50 local languages every day, the company is home to properties including Fox, FX, FXX, FXM, FS1, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox Sports, Fox Sports Network, National Geographic Channels, Star India, 28 local TV stations in the U.S. and more than 300 international channels; film studio Twentieth Century Fox Film; and TV production studios Twentieth Century Fox Television and a 50% ownership interest in Endemol Shine Group.

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