James Murdoch has been removed as executive chairman of News Corp.’s UK newspaper wing News International, as the phone hacking and media ethics row grows ever more toxic around it.
The announcement (below) comes from News Corp’s New York HQ (from where he will now work) and not News International’s in London, says Murdoch has “relinquished” his position, and leaves leadership of the unit to News International CEO Tom Mockridge, who, unlike Murdoch, was not in place during the scandal.
Murdoch remains News Corp group deputy COO. His father Rupert says James will now focus only on News Corp’s international pay-TV businesses, which he previously led before climbing the News Corp ranks. In fact, News Corp confirms to paidContent he retains his role as “CEO” of News Corp’s international business – a title the announcement does not refer to.