Filed at 9:42 p.m. EST on May 31, 2009
A familiar face could be headed back to News Corp. in a top management role under Rupert Murdoch.
Carey, prexy and CEO of DirecTV Group, is in advanced talks with
Murdoch about returning to News Corp. in a senior post to help manage
the conglom's far-flung businesses following the departure later this
month of Murdoch's longtime No. 2, Peter Chernin.
Word of Carey's
possible return comes as a surprise, however, given Murdoch's
insistence at the time Chernin announced his resignation as News Corp.
prexy and chief operating officer in February that he would not appoint
a direct successor. News Corp. even restructured the exec hierarchy of
its L.A.-based entertainment business to adjust to the post-Chernin
(Cynthia Littleton writes for B&C’s sister publication, Daily Variety)