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James Murdoch Resigns As News International Chief

Ryan Faughnder |
February 29, 2012 | 8:40 a.m. PST

Executive Editor

Rupert Murdoch's son James Murdoch has resigned his post as Executive Chairman of News International, the British arm of News Corp, the company announced Wednesday, saying Murdoch will focus on the company's international TV business. The announcement comes in the wake of continuing revelations related to the long-running phone-hacking and police-bribing scandal at the media giant. 

James Murdoch (photo by eirikso on Flickr, via Creative Commons)
James Murdoch (photo by eirikso on Flickr, via Creative Commons)

James Murdoch has been at the focus of public attention as media and government investigations and parliamentary hearings continue to embroil the company's publications. The News of the World, the famous U.K. tabloid, was closed due to the scandal last year

The resignation follows the widely publicized opening of a Sunday edition of the Sun newspaper, which filled a void left by NOTW's implosion. 

The story seems to bring a new scoop every every week. The Daily Telegraph last week reported that News of the World bosses ordered incriminating emails to be destroyed. 

The formal statement from News Corp makes no mention of the continuing scandal:

News Corporation today announced that, following his relocation to the Company's headquarters in New York, James Murdoch, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, has relinquished his position as Executive Chairman of News International, its UK publishing unit. Tom Mockridge, Chief Executive Officer of News International, will continue in his post and will report to News Corporation President and COO Chase Carey.

"We are all grateful for James' leadership at News International and across Europe and Asia, where he has made lasting contributions to the group's strategy in paid digital content and its efforts to improve and enhance governance programs," said Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, News Corporation. "He has demonstrated leadership and continues to create great value at Star TV, Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia, and BSkyB. Now that he has moved to New York, James will continue to assume a variety of essential corporate leadership mandates, with particular focus on important pay-TV businesses and broader international operations."

"I deeply appreciate the dedication of my many talented colleagues at News International who work tirelessly to inform the public and am confident about the tremendous momentum we have achieved under the leadership of my father and Tom Mockridge," said James Murdoch. "With the successful launch of The Sun on Sunday and new business practices in place across all titles, News International is now in a strong position to build on its successes in the future. As Deputy Chief Operating Officer, I look forward to expanding my commitment to News Corporation's international television businesses and other key initiatives across the Company."

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