James Murdoch Resigns From News Corp's Board

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James Murdoch, the son of media baron Rupert Murdoch, has tendered an abrupt resignation from the board of News Corp, the mass media company chaired by his family, over “disagreements over certain editorial content published by the Company’s news outlets and certain other strategic decisions.” His resignation was revealed in a brief two-paragraph letter published with the SEC. Going by Murdoch's statement, his resignation is apparently due to conflicts and disagreements, something he's not quite new to in the Murdoch family. Over the years, Murdoch has distanced himself from his family's conservative political views, and even this year donated $1 million to the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Previously, he's criticized News Corp's media properties over its covering of climate change issues and has been a promoter of sustainability for years, compared to his father, Rupert Murdoch, who has called himself a "skeptic" about global warming.

James Murdoch had served on News Corp's board since 2013. He has also held other roles at other properties of the Murdoch family's sprawling media empire.

The Murdoch family isn't actually quite new to disagreements and board resignations, as James' brother, Lachlan Murdoch, currently News Corp's co-Chairman, quit the family business in 2005 after a dispute with his father Rupert. He has, however, resolved differences and now cemented his position as a bigwig in the Murdoch family media empire.

"We’re grateful to James for his many years of service to the company. We wish him the very best in his future endeavors," a formal statement from Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch over James' resignation said.

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