Rupert Murdoch’s son James quits News Corp over ‘editorial disagreements’

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James Murdoch and Chairman and CEO of News Corporation Rupert Murdoch attend The Paley Center for Media's 2013 benefit gala honoring FX Networks with the Paley Prize for Innovation & Excellence at Fox Studio Lot on October 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
James Murdoch’s severs his last formal link with the family business (Picture: WireImage)

James Murdoch has resigned from the board of News Corporation because of ‘disagreements over certain editorial content’.

It is not known exactly what material made him decide to quit, but he has expressed discomfort at the conservative views of many of its news outlets. He holds more liberal political beliefs than his father Rupert Murdoch, 88, or his brother Lachlan, 48, who heads Fox Corporation and is set to inherit his father’s media empire.

James’s decision to sever his last formal link to the family business brings to an end what has been an extensive and turbulent career in the industry. According to documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, he informed the company he was stepping down from the Board of Directors with immediate effect yesterday.

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In his resignation letter he wrote: ‘My resignation is due to disagreements over certain editorial content published by the Company’s news outlets and certain other strategic decisions.’

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James Murdoch, 47, is known for having more liberal views than his father and brother (Picture: AP)

News Corporation’s UK division owns the Times, the Sunday Times and the Sun, while across the pond the company owns the New York Post and the Dow Jones brand, which includes the Wall Street Journal.

The Australian arm of the company owns broadsheet newspaper the Australian and tabloids the Daily Telegraph, the Herald Sun and the Courier-Mail.

Outside of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch also owns 20th Century Fox and the Fox network.

James’s resignation is the latest example of the political divide in the famed media family.

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Rupert Murdoch’s empire owns a raft of newspapers including the Sun, the New York Post (Picture: Getty Images)

He was thrust into the public limelight in 2011 when the then-Sky chairman fronted a Commons Culture Media and Sport Committee alongside his father over the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

The fallout from the scandal ultimately forced him to resign from the role in April 2012, with media watchdog Ofcom finding he ‘repeatedly fell short of the conduct to be expected of him as a chief executive officer and chairman’.

Despite being tainted by the events, James, 47, eventually returned to the role four years later.

The British-American businessman currently heads private investment firm Lupa Systems.

FILE PHOTO: James Murdoch, the son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and his wife Kathryn Hufschmid arrive for a reception to celebrate the wedding between Rupert Murdoch and former supermodel Jerry Hall which took place on Friday, in London, Britain March 5, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall/File Photo
James Murdoch and his wife Kathryn Hufschmid have expressed concern at News Corporation’s coverage of environmental issues (Picture: Reuters)

In 2016, when he was serving as chief executive of 21st Century Fox, James championed the success of the network, saying there was ‘no desire to shift the position it has in the market’.

However following his exit from the company in 2019, he openly distanced himself from right-wing Fox News. He told The New Yorker: ‘There are views I really disagree with on Fox.’

That same year he donated to Pete Buttigieg’s campaign to become the Democratic nominee for US president.

In June, he donated $615,000 (£467,400) to presidential candidate Joe Biden’s victory fund.

His wife Kathryn, who previously worked for Bill Clinton’s environmental charity Clinton Climate Initiative, donated the same amount.

James’s opposition to the direction of News Corporation’s coverage came to a head in January, when he took direct issue with how the company had covered climate change and its impact on the bushfires in Australia.

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A spokesperson James and his wife told The Daily Beast: ‘Kathryn and James’s views on climate change are well established and their frustration with some of News Corp and Fox’s coverage of the topic is also well known.

In 2011 James Murdoch answered questions over the News of the World phone hacking scandal alongside his father at a Commons Culture Media and Sport Committee (Picture: PA)

‘They are particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial of the role of climate change among the news outlets in Australia, given obvious evidence to the contrary.’

News Corp Australia political commentator Andrew Bolt is known for his mockery of climate change science.

Last month the country’s press watchdog found he breached standards with a 2019 column in August 2019 in which he called autistic environmentalist Greta Thunberg ‘deeply disturbed’ and ‘freakishly influential’.

The Australian Press Council said he sought to ‘diminish the credibility’ of the Swedish teenager by ‘by pillorying her supporters on the basis of her disabilities’.

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