News Corp., the $34 billion media company based in New York, appointed Bedi Ajay Singh CFO of the publishing division, which is to be split off into a separate public company from the media and entertainment company, which will go by a new name, Fox Group. Singh, 52, most recently served as CFO and president of finance and administration at MGM Studios. Earlier he was CFO at Gemstar-TV Guide, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and SONY Pictures. He has also held previous finance positions at News Corp. He started his career at Arthur Andersen in London.