News Corp announced today that chief digital officer Jon Miller is leaving next month, as the giant company moves forward with its plan to separate into two distinct companies.
Miller, a former CEO of AOL, joined News Corp in 2009. He was tasked with developing a digital strategy for a diverse set of properties that included everything from MySpace to Photobucket at the time. He was also asked to make digital a priority across the company’s many news and entertainment divisions.
Miller’s parting was amiable, according to All Things Digital, which first reported the story. That sentiment was echoed in a News Corp announcement in which the company said he would stay on as an adviser and CEO Rupert Murdoch praised him as “a visionary in the digital media industry.”
The departure appears to be related to News Corp’s impending split. Lucrative entertainment assets like Fox and BSkyB will be spun off into one company and the publishing properties into another.
While presiding over News Corp’s far-flung digital assets, Miller made sensible moves such as offloading MySpace, which the company had acquired for $580 million in 2005. The divesture was consistent with a statement in News Corp’s 2012 annual report that its digital strategy is no longer acquisition-based.
Miller’s other activities included supervising News Corp’s $45 million investment in streaming device maker Roku and working with Hulu, where he was a bord member.
Miller is also an active angel investor with deep contacts in the media space. He joined us at the paidContent 2012 conference, and you can hear his thoughts on digital media here: