Feeds

Murdoch taps Telegraph for new tech boss

Another brickie for the paywall

Boost IT visibility and business value

Rupert Murdoch's News International is getting a new technology boss - pinched from rival paper, and website, the Telegraph.

Paul Cheesbrough will replace News Int's current CIO Andrew Hickey who is apparently looking for consultancy work.

Despite the glowing quotes from NI's chief executive Rebekah Brooks, some blamed Hickey - formerly of Accenture - for the mess made of its recent outsourcing deal, which left hacks and execs without email for 24 hours.

In fact our man on the inside said: "Much rejoicing today at Wapping further to your story of 9th April as the much-unloved Mr Hickey has been told to take gardening leave to concentrate on his 'consultancy work'. But will Accenture want him back? Looks like the Outsourcer has been outsourced!"

The move comes at an interesting time. The Telegraph had charged Cheesbrough and former deputy editor Will Lewis with creating new products and services to extend the paper's pull. Lewis has already left.

Meanwhile at his new employers, Cheesbrough will have to deal with moving all its websites behind paywalls.

Although the newly-relaunched the Times and the Sunday Times have been well received by many online observers, it will be hard to maintain much impact once they disappear behind a paywall.

Whether the company will get enough subscribers to make up for the shortfall in advertising revenue remains to be seen - currently the titles are losing about £200,000 a day, so even losing less could be seen as a victory of sorts.

Cheesbrough, previously head of digital media at the BBC, starts his new job in the autumn. His best known action at the Torygraph was ditching Microsoft Office in favour of Google apps. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.