No media executive has more tirelessly criticized Google and Facebook — and done so with such a colorful vocabulary — than News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson. Now, Thomson is taking his campaign against Facebook a step further: He wants the social media giant to pay publishers for their content, the same way a cable TV company pays Walt Disney Co. to carry ESPN. Once a lonely gadfly poking at tech giants like a modern Don Quixote, Thomson is now finding that other media executives publicly back his quest.
News Corp. plans to name Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Robert Thomson as CEO of the publishing company that will be spun off. Meanwhile, Tom Mockridge, CEO of News Corp.’s U.K. newspaper unit, is resigning.