James Murdoch Calls It Quits as Sky Chairman Over News International's Hacking Scandal

By Sam Gibbs on at

Rupert Murdoch’s son, James, has stepped down as BSkyB’s chairman over the News International hacking scandal that’s been raging for the last couple of months, which has Murdoch smack-bang in the middle of it.

Apparently he walked on his own accord, saying:

"As attention continues to be paid to past events at News International, I am determined that the interests of BSkyB should not be undermined by matters outside the scope of this Company."


"I am aware that my role as Chairman could become a lightning rod for BSkyB and I believe that my resignation will help to ensure that there is no false conflation with events at a separate organisation."

While Sky itself hasn’t been implicated in any of the News of the World-related hacking saga, James Murdoch was. Although it has yet to be proven whether he knew about the hacking or not, the whole thing has been following him around like a bad smell. Murdoch will remain as a non-executive director on the board of Sky, while he’s moved to the US to work on News Corp’s other pay-TV offerings.

Currently Sky is under review by Ofcom as to whether it’s still fit for its broadcasting licence. Murdoch’s parting isn’t likely to change anything for the UK’s biggest pay-TV provider, so don’t get your hopes up of a subscription cut, or F1 entirely back on the BBC – I doubt we’ll ever see that now. [Sky]

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