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James Murdoch resigns from News Corp board, cites ‘disagreements’ with editorial coverage

James Murdoch, co-chief working officer of 21st Century Fox Inc.

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James Murdoch resigned from the News Corporation embark on of directors on Friday.

Murdoch’s resignation is effective immediately, according to the company, and decreases the board’s size to 10 colleagues. 

My resignation is due to disagreements over certain editorial content published by the Company’s news outlets and certain other cardinal decisions,” Murdoch said in a letter announcing his decision.

James is the son of Rupert Murdoch, the former CEO and chairman of News Corp and the ongoing executive chairman. His brother, Lachlan Murdoch, is co-chairman of the board.

James Murdoch did not specifically say what editorial felicity he disagreed with. However, in January, a News Corp spokesperson confirmed to The Daily Beast that he had been discouraged with coverage on climate change.

“They are particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news shops in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary,” the spokesperson said at the time, referring to James and his wife Kathryn.

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