James Murdoch Resigns from News Corp’s Board

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James Murdoch, son of octogenarian media mogul Rupert Murdoch, announced his abrupt resignation from the board of News Corporation Friday.

James Murdoch had already left his family's other company, 21st Century Fox, partly due to his disgust with Fox News, which falls under it.

In a statement, widely reported by USA media at the time, Murdoch and his wife spoke of their "frustration" with some of the News Corp and Fox coverage, adding that they were "particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary". "Kathryn and James' views on climate are well established and their frustration with some of the News Corp and Fox coverage of the topic is also well known", they said in January.

The New York Times is reporting that "a spokeswoman for Mr. Murdoch declined to comment further on Friday about the reasons for his departure, saying the letter 'speaks for itself'".

It's his last formal role in the company.


A Harvard dropout and co-founder of a hip hop music label, the younger Murdoch was formerly chief executive of Twenty-First Century Fox, before most of its assets were sold to Walt Disney.

News Corp owns the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, The Times and the Sun newspapers among others, but not Rupert Murdoch's Fox News network.

His brother Lachlan Murdoch is the executive chairman and CEO of Fox Corp.

The News Corp board, following the resignation will now be reduced to 10 seats from 11 as per the company's filing.

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