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James Murdoch Quits

November 24, 2011 by staff 

James Murdoch Quits, James Murdoch has resigned as a director of the companies which publish The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun, documents filed with Companies House show. He stepped down from the boards of News Group Newspapers (NGN), publisher of The Sun, and Times Newspapers Ltd (TNL), which publishes The Times and The Sunday Times, in September. News Group Newspapers was the publisher of the now-defunct News of the World and could be the subject of legal actions arising from the investigation into phone hacking.

Mr Murdoch, 38, who resigned the posts after taking up a new position in New York with News Corporation, remains chairman of News International, NGN and TNL’s parent company.

He remains on the editorial board of The Times, which would approve the appointment of any new editor. Mr Murdoch became executive chairman of News International in 2007 and has been called to Parliament twice to give evidence about the extent of his knowledge of phone hacking at the News of the World.

In Australia, police are investigating allegations that News Corporation’s Australian arm offered a politician a “special relationship” and favourable coverage if he voted against changes to media laws.

Bill O’Chee, a former senator with the rural-based National Party, claims the offer was made in 1998 over lunch at an upmarket Brisbane restaurant, Pier 9. He says a senior News Ltd executive, Malcolm Colless, told him he would be “taken care” of if he opposed legislation opening the way for digital television.

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