James Murdoch, the son of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, announced he has resigned from the board of News Corporation following “disagreements over certain editorial content”.
According to Sky News, “other strategic decisions” were also the cause of his departure from the group that was founded by his father.
No further reasons for his decision have been disclosed, however.
News Corporation owns a series of global media outlets, including The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times, as well as the New York Post iand the Dow Jones brand, which includes The Wall Street Journal.
James Murdoch had previously criticised the corporation’s businesses for their “ongoing denial” of the climate crisis at the time of wild bushfires in Australia earlier this year.
According to Sky, in a letter written last Friday (31 July), Murdoch said: “My resignation is due to disagreements over certain editorial content published by the company’s news outlets and certain other strategic decisions.”
Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of News Corporation, and his co-chairman son, Lachlan Murdoch, said in a joint statement: “We’re grateful to James for his many years of service to the company. We wish him the very best in his future endeavours.”
James Murdoch was previously CEO of 21st Century Fox until 2019, and formerly held the positions of chief executive and later chairman of Sky.