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PATRICK PURCELL NAMED PRESIDENT AND CEO OF NEWS AMERICA PUBLISHING

 NEW YORK, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Patrick J. Purcell, publisher of the Boston Herald, president of News America/Newspapers since 1990 and a former publisher of the New York Post, has been named chief executive officer of News America Publishing, it was announced today by Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of News Corp. He succeeds Les Hinton, who was earlier named chairman and chief executive of Fox Television Stations Inc.
 In his new position, Mr. Purcell will be responsible for the U.S. publishing operation of News Corporation. News America publishes TV Guide, Mirabella and the Boston Herald and manages two free-standing insert companies, which produce cents off coupons which appear every week in 55 million U.S. Sunday newspapers. He will retain his position as publisher and president of the Herald.
 "Patrick Purcell brings a strong and diverse background in publishing to News America at a time when we are looking to grow both our newspaper and magazine operations," said Mr. Murdoch. "He has been an important member of our managerial team for a number of years and is capable of providing the direction and guidance News America will need in the months ahead."
 Mr. Purcell, 45, has been with News Corporation since 1980, first as associate publisher of the Village Voice and then president of advertising sales at the New York Post. In 1984, he was named president of the New York Post as well, continuing his dual capacity for two years. In 1990, he was appointed president of News America/Newspapers with responsibility for the San Antonio Express News as well as the Boston Herald. Prior to his association with News Corp., Mr. Purcell was with the Daily News for 10 years, where he held various supervisory positions in the advertising sales department.
 "There is a very solid foundation in place at News America and I look forward to developing that strong base further as we pursue a strategy of growth and expansion," said Mr. Purcell. "Certainly, our commitment to operating newspapers and magazines, as well as enhancing our presence in the insert business, will continue, and we will remain interested in exploring opportunities in those areas."
 Mr. Purcell, who will divide his time between the Herald in Boston and the New York headquarters of News America, is a graduate of St. John's University and holds an MBA degree from Hofstra. A resident of Weston, Mass., he and his wife Maureen, have four children.
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 /CONTACT: David Santos of Howard J. Rubenstein Associates, Inc., 212-489-6900, for News America Publishing/
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