James Murdoch severs ties with British newspapers

By By David Blight | 24 November 2011

News International chairman James Murdoch has stepped down from the boards of two UK newspaper firms, including the company which has been named in all phone hacking lawsuits.

Murdoch, the son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has stepped down from two companies under the News International banner. He has quit the News Group Newspapers board, which oversees the Sun and is responsible for the now defunct News of the World.

He has also quit the Times Newspapers Ltd board, which oversaw the Times and Sunday Times

News Group Newspapers is currently subject to a long list of lawsuits relating to the UK phone hacking scandal.

Murdoch has already appeared twice before members of parliament to answer queries about the ingrained use of phone hacking which occurred under his leadership. 

While Murdoch has resigned from two boards, he remains the chairman of News International, which is the UK publishing arm of News Corp.

News International chief executive Tom Mockridge has replaced Murdoch on both board seats. Mockridge is the former Sky boss who replaced Rebekah Brooks as CEO in July.

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