Former U.S. Rep. Jane Harman will take a board seat at The Newsweek Daily Beast Co. to represent her family's 50 percent interest in the website and magazine company, which her late husband, Sidney Harman, helped form.
Jane Harman, 65, represented the congressional district of beach communities in the Los Angeles area until she resigned in February to become chief executive of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
"The Harman family fully endorsed Sidney's vision to save and restore Newsweek, and to merge it with The Daily Beast," she said in a statement. "We are so pleased with the progress to date. As a director, I will work to support the best of journalism _ in print, digital, and mobile. Our family will remain actively engaged and totally committed to the success of this enterprise."
Audio equipment magnate Sidney Harman bought Newsweek from The Washington Post Co. last year for $1 and oversaw its merger with The Daily Beast website. He named veteran magazine editor Tina Brown as editor-in-chief. Sidney Harman died of complications from leukemia last week at age 92.
The Newsweek Daily Beast Co. said Barry Diller, who is part of the venture through his backing of The Daily Beast, a unit of IAC/InterActiveCorp, has become executive chairman of the company.
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