James Murdoch Quits Board of News Corp Over Editorial Differences

Elias Hubbard
August 1, 2020

James Murdoch, son of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, has resigned from the board of news publisher News Corp citing disagreements over the editorial content of its newspapers, which includes the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post among others.

While tendering the resignation, Murdoch also cited differences over certain strategic decisions of the company.

A spokesperson for Murdoch refused to comment further on the reasons behind the resignation, telling the New York Times his letter "speaks for itself".

James Murdoch attends the National Geographic 2017 "Further Front" network upfront at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall in NY. The company also owns the Times, Sunday Times and Sun newspapers in the United Kingdom, as well as a number of Australian publications.

Rupert Mudoch's younger son headed 21st Century Fox until previous year when he left after Disney acquired most of the group's assets.

James Murdoch had served on the board alongside his father and older brother Lachlan Murdoch.

In a filing to United States regulators, he said he also disagreed with some "strategic decisions" made by the company. Earlier this year, Murdoch and his wife Kathryn had expressed their frustration with the coverage of climate change and its role in the devastating wildfires in Australia by News Corp and Fox, BBC reported. 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.

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