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Widespread changes to News Corp legal team

3rd October 2012

Embattled mass media outlet News Corporation has announced wholesale changes to its legal line-up, putting an emphasis on strengthening its compliance structure.

The corporation, chaired by Rupert Murdoch, has taken on a whole host of solicitors with top lawyer jobs as part of the reshuffle, with a recent internal memo from general counsel and chief compliance officer Gerson Zweifach explaining that the appointments of five new group chief compliance officers (GCCOs) will help ensure that News Corp is now run to the ‘highest level of integrity’.

The new staff themselves have come from a variety of different sources, with a former federal prosecutor for the United Sates Attorney Office in New York and Los Angeles and an anti-corruption counsel with global financial services institution Morgan Stanley being amongst those to have recently been taken on.

This move is the latest in a series of measures which have been taken by News Corp in an attempt to rebrand themselves as a responsible corporation, following the huge amount of damage to its reputation that it has suffered since the phone hacking revelations that began last year and led to the closure of the News of the World newspaper.