In his brief resignation letter, James Murdoch said he was leaving the company for “disagreement over some editorial content published” by its newspapers and “some other strategic decisions”.
A spokesman for James Murdoch said there would be no immediate further comment and that the letter spoke for itself.
In a joint statement, Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch said, “We are grateful to James for his many years of service to the company. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
James Murdoch, whose older brother Lachlan Murdoch serves as head of the Fox Corporation, had already left part of the media empire because of his disgust with Fox News. The young Murdoch has also previously expressed disagreement with his father’s conservative political views.
But he had remained on board News Corp ̵1; something that had intrigued family friends. His Friday resignation from News Corp represents the growing distance he has set between his brother and his father’s media business.
While he no longer serves on the boards of family companies, however, he is still associated with the empire through the Murdoch Family Trust, which holds major voting shares in both companies.
The News Corp. umbrella includes papers such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post. It also includes the publisher of the book HarperCollins.
News Corp also owns a large portion of the Australian media, which was criticized earlier this year for its coverage of climate change after being linked to recent fires that engulfed the country.
A spokesman for James Murdoch said in January that he and his wife, Kathryn Murdoch, had “well-established” views on climate change and were “particularly disappointed by the continuing denial among the media in Australia given clear evidence of contrary “.
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