Londoners will get the chance to say bon voyage to James Murdoch as he flees his embattled role as chairman of the crisis-ridden News International to oversee News Corp.’s television operations from a Manhattan office.
As The Guardian reports, with James Murdoch’s resignation, News International will become the only newspaper arm within Rupert Mudoch’s media empire to report directly to a man who does not bear the Murdoch name. —ARK
Friends say he has been eager to leave the UK and drop responsibility for the Wapping newspapers for several months as the phone hacking scandal enveloped the London outpost of the organisation.
He has faced repeated questions over what he knew about the extent of phone-hacking at the News of the World.
Although the hacking is known to have gone on until 2006, before Murdoch arrived, he presided over a period in 2009 and 2010 where News International denied again and again that phone-hacking was more widespread than the activities of a “single rogue” reporter.