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James Murdoch Resigns From Boards of The Sun and The Times

James Murdoch Resigns From Boards of The Sun and The Times

James Murdoch has stepped down from the executive boards of News Group Newspapers Limited (NGN), publisher of The Sun, and of Times Newspapers Limited. He has also quit a subsidiary, News International Holdings. Murdoch will remain on the editorial board of the Times and remains the chief of News International and the deputy chief operating officer of News Corporation. Records show that he actually stepped down from both boards in September after the appointment of Tom Mockridge as CEO of News International.

NGN ran the now-shuttered News of the World tabloid which has become engulfed in allegations of phone hacking by its staff. Some News Corp. investors have called for the company to sell its newspapers which contribute less than other of the company’s subsidiaries in revenues and profits, even though media interest in them is high.

After Murdoch gave testimony about the phone hacking scandal earlier this month for the second time before a parliamentary committee, questions have arisen about whether he was deceitful or simple incompetent as an executive. Next week, Murdoch faces the shareholders of British satellite broadcaster BSkyB, who will decide if he will remain on as non-executive chairman. Said Harriet Harman, Britain’s shadow minister for culture, media and sports from the opposition Labour party, “The concerns about whether he is a fit and proper person to run BSkyB remain.”

Insiders have said that “nobody should read too much into the changes.” But Ivor Gaber, professor of political journalism at London’s City University, suggested that Murdoch’s resignations suggest that he is “still worried over his own exposure” in the phone hacking scandal, or that News Corp. is indeed thinking of selling its British newspaper holdings.

This Monday saw the beginning of testimony by alleged victims of phone hacking as part of the Leveson inquiry into media ethics. The parents of Milly Dowler, the murdered 13-year-old British school girl whose voice mail was hacked, and actor Hugh Grant gave testimony on Monday. On Wednesday, Kate and Gerry McCann, whose three-year-old daughter Madeleine has been missing since 2007 while vacationing in Portugal, spoke before the panel. Kate McCann said that she “felt totally violated” when her private diaries were published without her permission by News International in 2008; she said that she thought the diaries were taken from her by police in Portugal. They were later returned but she said she suspected they had been photocopied and translated into Portuguese and then back into English, as there were “minor differences” in the versions published by News International. Gerry McCann demanded a full investigation into how the company got hold of his wife’s diaries.

News Corp.’s troubles are not limited to the UK. Australian police are now investigating the claims of former senator Bill O’Chee that an unnamed executive from Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited offered him favorable coverage in the press and a “special relationship” in return for voting against legislation on the creation of digital TV in Australia. News Limited stood to profit from the failure of the legislation. News Corp. owns 70 percent of Australia’s newspapers and, in the wake of the phone hacking scandal in the UK, Australian legislators have started an inquiry into potentially increasing newspaper regulation. O’Chee’s allegations were reported by Fairfax Media, a rival of News Corp. in Australia.

 

Previous Care2 Coverage

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3:49AM PST on Dec 1, 2011

I guess one can say he took the tail between his legs here and runned. We need ethics and moral in media, and out with the rest!

12:46AM PST on Nov 27, 2011

Thanks for the article.

8:31PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

He should resign; he and his father probably should go to prison, but since they have more money than God, nothing will probably happen to them that will truly cause them pain.

7:53PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

I think its still not enough... His stepping down does not mean that the Murdoch empire will yield less power. Rupert and his wife must have nothing to do with the company otherwise its still the same old, same old,...

6:01PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

Good riddance to bad rubbish. But is this the end of the story? He is still very powerful and very rich and will continue to exert his influence. The Murdoch dynasty will continue to exploit and manipulate public opinion by its control of its media empire. What ever happened to monopoly laws?

5:46PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely. Whatever happened to the 'monopolies' legislation? If that legislation were in operation the Murdochs would not have been able to build the empire they have. They wouldn't even be able to contemplate extending their stranglehold even further. Neither would other massive corporations that are close to totally dominating retail outlets - like Woolworths and Coles/Myer in Australia.

I repeat, whatever happened to the 'monopolies' legislation???????

1:42PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

They need to be investigating whats been going on at Fox news and other media that Murdoch controls here in the US. Why aren't we demanding truth in what they are reporting as fact. Our news sources should not be putting out polical lies as if it were true. I just saw the results of a study that showed those who watch Fox news knows less about what really going on in the world than people who don't watch any news at all. Fox should be taken off the air or held to some standard of truth in reporting.

12:46PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

I am of the opinion that this organisation is far too big and power full and in wrong hands. It needs to completely dismantled in to smaller units and sold off to new and more deserving companies.

This Zionist corporate has more power than some of the most industrialised western countries including US, Uk, Europe and Australia's elected rulers. They can change the rulers as soon as they wish - through propaganda ie: printed media, TV and other means.

Moving away from the direct view does not mean Murdochs will not continue to enrich them selves through legal and illegal means - which are all a fair game for them.

12:17PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

Bye bye...don't let the door hit you in the a$$ on your way owwwwwt!!

11:12AM PST on Nov 24, 2011

We all know about the 'apple, not falling far from the tree', so should we be surprised?

The middle and lower classes can be imprisoned, at the drop of a hat, but, the priviledged wealthy, well, we know how that works.

How any American can support these upper class criminals, is far beyond my understanding; and, then, to claim they are Christians.......WHAT A JOKE!

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