Los Angeles
– News Corporation (NYSE:  NWS) announced late on Wednesday that, after just nine months on
the job, MySpace CEO Owen van Natta will step down. "Owen took on an
incredible challenge in working to refocus and revitalize MySpace, and the
business has shown very positive signs recently as a result of his dedicated work,"
said Jon Miller, News Corp.’s chairman and CEO of Digital Media. "However,
in talking to Owen about his priorities both personally and professionally
going forward, we both agreed that it was best for him to step down at this
time. I want to thank Owen for all of his efforts."

Van Natta will be
replaced by new co-presidents Mike Jones and Jason Hirschorn, who along with
van Natta joined MySpace in April 2009.

Jones was formerly MySpace’s COO, and
before that founded Userplane and Tsavo media.

Hirschorn, MySpace’s head of
product development, was previously president of Sling Media’s entertainment
group, and chief digital officer at MTV Networks.


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