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The Wall Street Journal: James Murdoch resigns from News Corp board over ‘certain editorial content’

August 01
15:52 2020

James Murdoch, the younger son of News Corp Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch, has resigned from News Corp’s board of directors, citing disagreements over editorial content published in the company’s news outlets and other strategic decisions.

The resignation, announced in a company filing NWS, -1.23% , marks the younger Murdoch’s full departure from the family’s businesses. In 2019, he left as chief executive of 21st Century Fox after substantial parts of the company’s entertainment unit were sold to Walt Disney Co. DIS, +1.10%

“My resignation is due to disagreements over certain editorial content published by the company’s news outlets and certain other strategic decisions,” James Murdoch said in his resignation letter, which was published as part of the company’s filing.

A spokeswoman for the 47-year-old said he had no additional comment. The elder Murdoch didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

The Murdoch family are the controlling shareholders of both Fox Corp. and News Corp, which owns Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal and MarketWatch.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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