James Murdoch resigns from News Corp board, citing editorial disagreements

Clay Curtis
August 1, 2020

Rupert Murdoch's son has resigned from News Corp's board of directors, saying he disagreed with some of the editorial and strategic decisions made by 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 is known as the more liberal Murdoch brother.

"On July 31, 2020, News Corporation (the "Company") received a letter from James R. Murdoch tendering his resignation from the Company's Board of Directors (the "Board"), effective immediately". Lachlan is also the executive chairman and CEO of Fox Corporation which owns the right-wing USA network Fox News. His more conservative sibling, Lachlan, is the heir apparent to New Corp Executive Chairman Rupert and is co-chairman of News Corp. "We wish him the very best in his future endeavors".

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James Murdoch's decision hastens his disengagement from the family media empire, which grew from a newspaper group in Australia.

But Mr Murdoch has previously criticised News Corp outlets, which include the Wall Street Journal, for climate change coverage.

News Corp's brands include Australian publications the Australian, the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph, and U.S. publishers such as Dow Jones, which includes the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post. 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.

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