News Int chief to step down

News International chief executive Tom Mockridge is to quit his role at the end of the month, News Corporation has announced.

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Not all national newspapers will survive, News Int chief says

Tom Mockbridge
Tom Mockbridge said he is quitting News International because he is unhappy with changes to his role. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive

The outgoing chief executive of News International has predicted some national newspapers will not survive in printed form as the industry confronts a decline in readership.

Tom Mockbridge told The Times he expected "some consolidation" of titles with sales dropping.

But he added that he remained an "unambiguous believer" that many printed newspapers would remain despite the shift of readers to websites.

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Murdoch 'sorry' to see Tom Mockridge leave News Int

For nearly 22 years, it has been my pleasure to have Tom Mockridge as a colleague.

Whether it was his early days with our newspaper group in Australia, his incredible work building Sky Italia, or his steadfast leadership of News

International, Tom has always been a skilled executive and a trusted friend.

His decision to step down is absolutely and entirely his own. I am sorry to see him leave us but I know he will be a great success wherever he goes."

– Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of News Corporation

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