In a letter to the New York company, which publishes the Wall Street Journal and business magazine Barron’s in addition to the Bitse Sun, The Times and Sunday Times, Murdoch’s youngest son (47) leaves no doubt as to why. “My resignation is the result of disagreements over certain editorial content published by the company and strategic decisions,” said the 88-year-old billionaire’s fourth son.
James Murdoch previously criticized the overly conservative tone on the editorial pages and the Wall Street Journal opinion page, allegedly prompted by News Corp, which also owns news channel Fox News.
There had been some disagreement between James and his father about that course for some time. James Murdoch’s wife, who actively supports Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, is considered an enthusiastic climate activist.
In January of this year, James attacked the group’s “persistent denial” of the relationship between the climate crisis and economic and natural damage. With persistent drought and high temperatures, wildfires swept across parts of Australia, his father’s homeland.
With James leaving, the way is open for older son Lachlan (48) to succeed Rupert Murdoch in the media empire. He has already indicated that he can agree more with the conservative course of the group, even though Lachlan also criticized.
Father Murdoch, in a response, thanked his son for all the work in recent years, wishing him success in his future career.
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