Thursday, 06 August, 2020


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

James Murdoch has said he does not watch Fox News and he's taken issue with News Corp's coverage of wildfires for downplaying global warming James Murdoch steps down from the board of News Corp over 'disagreements over editorial content'
Bennie Garza | 01 August, 2020, 19:11

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

His resignation is the strongest sign yet that Murdoch, 47, has broken ideologically from his family's media holdings, which include the cable news channel that he once had oversight over.

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

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 had been on the company's board since 2013.

New York-based News Corp also publishes major papers in Australia and the United Kingdom and owns the HarperCollins book publisher.

In a statement, widely reported by United States 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".

Representatives of Mr Murdoch and his wife Kathryn have acknowledged the couple's "frustration" with coverage of the subject by some of most influential Murdoch-owned news brands, including Fox News. "We wish him the very best in his future endeavors".

James and Lachlan had shared power at 21st Century Fox, but the sale of much of the Fox entertainment business to Disney in 2019 saw James depart as CEO.

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