James Murdoch Resigns From News Corp Board Over Editorial ‘Disagreements’

Marco Green
August 1, 2020

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.

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'".

News Corp also holds book publisher HarperCollins, as well as major Australian media companies, some of which drew backlash for what many saw as downplaying the role climate change played in the wildfires that decimated huge expanses of the continent in early 2020.

A spokesperson for James Murdoch said in January that he and his wife, Kathryn Murdoch, were "particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary".

His brother Lachlan Murdoch is the executive chairman and CEO of Fox Corp and co-chairman of News Corp. Youngest and liberal-leaning son James has had issues with editorial content before in the broader family busines that also controlls Fox News.

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

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