Murdoch, who had been openly critical of the coverage of various media outlets owned by News Corp, cited 'disagreements over certain editorial content’.
James Murdoch, former CEO of 21st Century Fox and son of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, has resigned from the News Corp board of directors.
In his letter of resignation, Murdoch said: “My resignation is due to disagreements over certain editorial content published by the company’s news outlets and certain other strategic decisions.”
Those include News Corp.’s publications such as The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post and a sister Murdoch company, the Fox News Channel. News Corp also owns major newspapers in the UK and Australia as well as the book publisher HarperCollins.
The exact nature of the disagreements was not revealed. However, sources claimed that the resignation was not the result of any abrupt action but an ongoing rift that has been building for months.
On Friday evening, James’s father Rupert Murdoch and brother Lachlan Murdoch issued their own 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 is the youngest of Rupert Murdoch’s three children. He was formerly the chief executive of 21st Century Fox before Walt Disney bought most of its assets last year.