News Corp will be New News Corp for a while


Congratulations to Raju Narisetti, the Wall Street Journal digital muckety-muck who's just been named senior vice president and deputy head of strategy for the New News Corporation.

Wait, the what?

In an email to Poynter, New News Corp SVP/Deputy Head of Communications Ashley Huston explains that the new name, which the company used in an SEC filing in December, will vanish after News Corp's split into two companies: "it's just to differentiate it until the split," she writes. Then it will be News Corporation, and the other company will reportedly be named Fox Group. Indeed, the company's been using the New News Corporation name in press releases since at least the beginning of February.

That's too bad: In choosing this double-barreled name, the New News Corporation strikes a blow for precision and clarity rarely witnessed in corporate rebrandings -- just look at the International New York Times, or the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, which really should have been named the Walter E. Washington Washington Convention Center.

Previously: News Corp. announces split, ‘will wow the world’

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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