Kim Williams resigns as News Corp chief

Williams to be replaced as News Corp Australia chief executive officer by Julian Clarke..

Kim Williams has stepped down as chief executive officer of News Corp Australia and will be replaced by Julian Clarke.

In a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange, News Corp (NNC) said Mr Clarke will begin in the role on August 12.

Mr Clarke has worked with News Corp Australia and its associated companies for three decades, most recently as chairman of The Herald and Weekly Times.

News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch welcomed Mr Clarke to the position.

"He is an experienced executive with a unique understanding of our company's culture, and the immense energy and clarity of vision necessary to drive our properties forward at this challenging time for all media in all countries," he said.

"He will certainly bring out the very best in the talented teams in our Australian broadcasting, digital and publishing properties, and have the full support of our dynamic global network."

Mr Clarke said he was honoured to take on the role "in such engaging times".

"The combination of our assets and talented people makes me confident that we are well placed to embrace the future and further build this exciting company," he said.

Mr Murdoch also commended Mr Williams on his more than two decades of service to News Corp.

"Kim has been a steady and courageous leader at a time when our businesses have faced unprecedented pressure and economic challenges," he said.

"I want to thank him for his unwavering commitment, and the blood, sweat and tears he has put into News Corp Australia."

Mr Williams was appointed chief executive of News Corp Australia after 10 years as chief executive of Foxtel.

News Corp Australia is the owner of Eureka Report.