Saturday, 08 August, 2020

James Murdoch resigns from News Corp, citing "disagreements" over editorial content

James Murdoch wearing a suit and tie CEO of 21st Century Fox James Murdoch speaks at National Geographic's Further Front Event at Jazz at Lincoln Center James Murdoch steps down from the board of News Corp over 'disagreements over editorial content'
Deanna Wagner | 01 August, 2020, 19:11

News Corp. said Friday that James Murdoch, the son of founder Rupert Murdoch, is exiting the board of directors due to unspecified differences over editors content, the latest in periodic bouts of family drama around the media dynasty.

Murdoch is know to have more liberal views on both politics and climate change than either his father or his elder brother, Lachlan, who leads the company.

James Murdoch attends the National Geographic 2017 "Further Front" network upfront at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall in NY.

The departure of the son of 89-year-old Rupert Murdoch would leave the News Corp board with 10 directors.

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In a filing to U.S. regulators, he said he also disagreed with some "strategic decisions" made by the company.

New York-based News Corp also publishes major papers in Australia and the United Kingdom and owns the HarperCollins book publisher. "We wish him the very best in his future endeavours".

James Murdoch once told Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Radhika Jones that he does not watch Fox News, and has called opinion programming on United States cable news not "terribly helpful".

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation covers media outlets across the globe including The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times - as well as Harper Collins Publishers in the UK. Lachlan is also executive chairman and CEO of Fox Corp, home to conservative news network Fox News, the Fox broadcast and sports networks and local TV stations. He had left his role as the chief executive of 21st Century Fox after substantial parts of the company's entertainment division were sold to Walt Disney Co.