Farnsworth will join News UK’s executive team, reporting to CEO Rebekah Brooks
Farnsworth will oversee the technology team that services all of News UK’s brands including publishing titles The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun.
Leading a multi-disciplinary technology team, he will manage the structure and architecture of the businesses technology requirements, as well as attracting the best talent and capability.
Rebekah Brooks, CEO of News UK said: “Technology has never been more vital for our business and Simon has the breadth of experience to drive innovative and strategic thinking for the company and each of our brands, while contributing to global News Corp opportunities.
“His expertise in video and broadcast will be invaluable as we increase our own capability in this area. I am delighted to have him on board.”
Farnsworth added: “’It is extremely exciting to be joining News UK in a phase of growth and innovation. The rapidly growing digital propositions of its iconic brands, as well as the launch of TalkTV, mean technology has a central role to play and I look forward to this new challenge.”
He is currently at Discovery where he has held several senior roles, most recently as CTO, broadcast technology and operations, managing a global team.