One of the children of billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch has resigned from the board of his conservative father’s news empire, due to the direction of its right-wing outlets, especially Fox News.
James Murdoch’s disagreements with Fox’s editorial content in particular reportedly became too much to bear. (The Daily Beast)
The move comes a little over six months after Rupert Murdoch’s eldest son issued a stunning rebuke of his family’s media empire and its promotion of climate-change skeptics during Australia’s bushfire crisis.
“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,” a spokesperson for the couple exclusively told The Daily Beast at the time as wildfires raged in Australia.
“They are particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary.”
In a brief resignation letter dated July 31 and addressed to the board of directors, James wrote, “I hereby tender my resignation as a member of the Board of Directors of News Corporation (the “Company”), effective as of the date hereof. My resignation is due to disagreements over certain editorial content published by the Company’s news outlets and certain other strategic decisions.”
Rupert’s son Lachlan, known for his more conservative tendencies, remains on the board of directors.