Murdoch Selects His Team Carefully

With two top executives departed and the political stakes of every move at an all-time high, News Corp. Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch has turned to an inner circle of advisers who share one trait: distance from the events now haunting the company.

Advisers including Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey are playing an increasingly important role in navigating the company’s efforts to contain the tabloid-reporting crisis. Mr. Carey has been joined at the table by Joel Klein, a former Justice Department lawyer and New York City schools chancellor, who wasn’t with the company a year ago and now finds himself at the center of its efforts to manage the fallout.

Lachlan Murdoch, the older of Rupert Murdoch’s two sons, who quit his job at the company in 2005, also has played a significant role advising his father, according to people familiar with the matter. Though a News Corp. board member still involved in company affairs, Lachlan, 39 years old, has kept his distance on many day-to-day management issues in recent years.

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