James Murdoch (47) did not formulate a very concrete reason for his departure from the management of News Corp, which is originally an Australian company, but has a major influence on the American and British media landscape. Murdoch media like The Sun, The Wall Street Journal, New York Post in Fox News play a decisive political role. “I no longer agree with the substantive and strategic choices at News Corp.” was all Rupert Murdoch’s youngest son communicated.
At the beginning of this year, James and father Rupert faced cross-swords as the news companies in Australia “constantly deny that there is a link between the increase in the country’s wildfires and climate change.” In the country of origin of Rupert Murdoch, News Corp, the family’s newspaper company, has been criticized in recent months. His publications would suggest that the fires are no worse than in the past and would divert attention away from climate change by zooming in on arson as the cause.
At the beginning of this year, Rupert Murdoch assured all readers that “no climate denier works in the rooms of the news companies.” But that was not immediately favorable to James and his wife Kathryn, a climate activist. They continued to give critical interviews directly targeting the Murdoch media.
James’ departure from News Corp is not entirely unexpected: it does fill a gap in the Murdoch empire, which, according to Rupert Murdoch, was based on ‘cordial and jovial collaborations within the family’ a few years ago. It doesn’t seem to be really warm anymore. Rupert declined to respond in person to the news and wrote through his spokesman that “he is very grateful to James for the many years of service with the company” and “wishes him all the best for the future.” James’ older brother, Lachlan, who also sits on the board of News Corp and is at the controls Fox News, did not wish to give a separate response.