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

Andrew Cummings
August 1, 2020

James Murdoch, the younger son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has resigned from the board of News Corporation citing "disagreements over editorial content".

Mediate's August Takala tweeted that Murdoch reportedly wants to "invest up to $1 billion in left-leaning media outlets".

His father, the elder Murdoch, has been executive chairman of News Corp since 2013 after the company was separated from 21st Century Fox, and is the chairman of Fox Corp, which operates Fox News, Fox Sports, Fox Entertainment and Fox television stations.

Murdoch, whose brother Lachlan runs Fox, which houses Fox News, tendered his resignation effective immediately. "We wish him the very best in his future endeavours". His more conservative sibling, Lachlan, is the heir apparent to New Corp Executive Chairman Rupert and is co-chairman of News Corp.

Fox News is now housed under the Fox Corporation, a separate business entity from News Corp.

The News Corp umbrella includes papers such as The Wall Street Journal and New York Post. In January, he and his wife, through a spokesperson, said they were disappointed with the denial of the link to climate change in coverage of Australia's destructive wildfires in News Corp-owned papers in Australia.

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