08/01/2011 06:36 EDT | Updated 10/01/2011 05:12 EDT

Murdoch's News Corp appoints Andrea Zappia as new head of Sky Italia

LONDON - Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. has appointed a new chief executive for Italian pay TV broadcaster Sky Italia, the latest move in a management shake up triggered by the phone hacking scandal in Britain.

Andrea Zappia, a former vice-president of the Italian broadcaster, replaces Tom Mockridge.

Last month Mockridge took over Murdoch's British newspaper arm, News International, following the resignation of Rebekah Brooks. She stepped down as a scandal about illegal phone hacking by the News of the World tabloid rocked the company.

Zappia spent seven years in senior roles at Sky Italia and since 2010 has been head of sales and marketing at British Sky Broadcasting, which is 39 per cent owned by News Corp.