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Published on NewsOK Modified: December 3, 2012 at 5:45 am •  Published: December 3, 2012

Murdoch will be chairman of both companies.

In an interview last week with BBC radio, Mockridge said U.K. newspapers needed more effective regulation but argued against any legislative involvement by the government — the course recommended by Lord Justice Brian Leveson, who led a yearlong inquiry into the British press.

Mockridge said News Corp. would not consider closing The Sun, Britain's largest circulation newspaper, if members of its staff were convicted of crimes.

"One of the striking things about the troubles of the last 18 months is how quickly support, evidenced by people's purchase decisions, has come back to our newspaper titles and to other newspaper titles," he said.