Media scion James Murdoch quits News Corp board over editorial differences

James Murdoch wearing a suit and tie

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Murdoch, Rupert's younger son, headed 21st Century Fox until past year when he left after Disney acquired most of the group's assets. He cites disagreements over editorial content published by the company's news outlets and other, unspecified strategic decisions.

James Murdoch, son of octogenarian media mogul Rupert Murdoch, announced his abrupt resignation from the board of News Corporation Friday. The resignation was effective Friday.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation covers media outlets across the globe including The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times - as well as Harper Collins Publishers in the UK.

His breaking off his ties with the family's other company is a big moment for the Murdoch family and the people who watch it closely.

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News Corporation also owns the New York Post in the U.S. and the Dow Jones brand, which includes financial brand the Wall Street Journal. Youngest and liberal-leaning son James has had issues with editorial content before in the broader family busines that also controlls Fox News.

In a joint statement, James Murdoch's older brother, Lachlan, and their father, Rupert, expressed their gratitude to him for his service to the company and wished him the best for the future.

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.

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