Rupert Murdoch's son James quits News Corp board over 'disagreements'





New York (dpa) - Media mogul Rupert Murdoch's son James resigned from the board of News Corporation on Friday, citing "disagreements over certain editorial content" published by the company's news outlets.



Rupert Murdoch's son James
Rupert Murdoch's son James
According to documents filed to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the youngest of the Murdochs informed the company that his resignation would be effective immediately, also citing his dissent over "strategic decisions."
Founded and owned by 89-year-old billionaire Rupert Murdoch, News Corp covers an extensive list of major news titles across the globe.
The family media empire owns the Sunday Times, the Sun, and the Times newspapers in Britain, as well as Australia's tabloids the Daily Telegraph, the Herald Sun, and the broadsheet newspaper the Australian.
In the United States, the Murdochs own Dow Jones, which is the parent company of several outlets including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post. Its other media company Fox Corp - which is headed by eldest brother Lachlan - has Fox News and the Fox broadcast network under its umbrella.
The nature of the editorial content and disagreements were not mentioned in James Murdoch's brief resignation letter.
Earlier this year, he and his wife criticized News Corp's coverage of Australia's devastating bush fires. A spokesperson for the pair told the Daily Beast that they were "disappointed" in the news outlets' ongoing climate change denial.
US media cited a joint statement from Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch on Friday saying that they were "grateful to James for his many years of service to the company. We wish him the very best in his future endeavors."

 


Saturday, August 1st 2020
(dpa)
           


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