James Murdoch resigns from news publisher News Corp's board

James Murdoch is stepping away from his father's company

Former 21st Century Fox chief executive James Murdoch, the son of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, has resigned from News Corp's board citing clashes over editorial content.

News Corp, which is the parent company of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post, is controlled by billionaire Rupert Murdoch. Youngest and liberal-leaning son James has had issues with editorial content before in the broader family busines that also controlls Fox News.

I hereby tender my resignation as a member of the Board of Directors of News Corporation (the "Company"), effective as of the date hereof.

In May, News Corp announced that it would stop printing more than 100 Australian regional and local newspapers, shifting to digital-only versions instead. While he no longer has an official position on either board, he retains his share of the Murdoch Family Trust, which has voting stakes in both companies.

"We are grateful to James for his many years of service to the company".

News Corp's brands include Australian publications the Australian, the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph, and United States publishers such as Dow Jones, which includes the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post. Lachlan is also the executive chairman and CEO of Fox Corporation which owns the right-wing United States network Fox News.

James and Lachlan had shared power at 21st Century Fox, but the sale of much of the Fox entertainment business to Disney in 2019 saw James depart as CEO. He also criticized news outlets owned by his father's company earlier this year, saying they had downplayed the impacts of climate change as bushfires raged in Australia. "We wish him the very best in his future endeavors", Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch said in a statement.

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