James Murdoch Leaves News Corp Board, Disliked Editorial Decisions

James Murdoch, a son of Rupert Murdoch has walked away from the board of News Corp. as of Friday. Murdoch says he left over disputes regarding editorial decisions, including, how climate change was covered by some of News Corp’s outlets. Murdoch wrote in his resignation letter, “I hereby tender my resignation as a member of the Board of Directors of News Corporation (the ‘Company’), effective as of the date hereof.”

The letter also said, “My resignation is due to disagreements over certain editorial content published by the Company’s news outlets and certain other strategic decisions.” The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, and The New York Post are some of the outlets owned by News Corp. whose CEO is Robert Thomson. Murdoch sat on the board of News Corp. for seven years and he also left Fox’s board upon the selling of 21st Century Fox’s IP to Disney.

The Daily Beast was informed about Murdoch and his wife Kathryn’s feelings about Fox News’ coverage of climate change. A spokesperson for the couple said, “Kathryn and James’ views on climate are well established and their frustration with some of the News Corp and Fox coverage of the topic is also well known. They are particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary.”

There is also a dispute at The Wall Street Journal between reporters and opinion writers. Many reporters say that the opinion side presents misinformation and it is making it more difficult to do legitimate reporting. The board took issue with this complaint saying, “It was probably inevitable that the wave of progressive cancel culture would arrive at the Journal, as it has at nearly every other cultural, business, academic and journalistic institution.”

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