James Murdoch resigns from News Corp board

James Murdoch has resigned from the News Corp board of directors.

Murdoch said the resignation was due to disagreements “over certain editorial content published by the company’s news outlets” as well as “certain other strategic decisions”.

James Murdoch is Rupert Murdoch’s youngest son. Across his father’s suite of companies and brands, James has spent time as executive chairman of News International, chairman and CEO of News Corporation across Asia and Europe, as well as CEO of 21st Century Fox.

James Murdoch has this year been critical of News Corp’s position on climate change as well as its coverage of the bushfires in Australia. James and his wife Kathryn said they were “frustrated” at what they regarded as the company’s “denial” of climate change.

The resignation letter (Click to enlarge)

He’s also previously said he “really disagrees” with some views broadcast on Fox News in the US.

“The connective tissue of our society is being manipulated to make us fight with each other, making us the worst versions of ourselves,” he was reported as saying.

Rupert Murdoch has previously told shareholders “there are no climate change deniers” at the company.

News Corp Australia pointed Mumbrella to Rupert’s joint statement with co-chair Lachlan Murdoch when approached for further comment.

“We’re grateful to James for his many years of service to the company,” the statement said. “We wish him the very best in his future endeavours.”


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