James Murdoch stepping down as chairman of UK broadcaster BSkyB
April 3rd, 2012
08:38 AM ET

James Murdoch stepping down as chairman of UK broadcaster BSkyB

James Murdoch, the son of media magnate Rupert Murdoch, is expected to step down as the chairman of BSkyB on Tuesday, a longtime institutional investor in the British satellite broadcaster told CNN.

Sky News, which is owned by BSkyB, also reported that Murdoch was resigning from the post, citing unnamed sources.

The move would come on the heels of James Murdoch's resignation from News Corp.'s British newspaper publishing companies in the wake of scandals over the past year.

Before the hacking scandal, James Murdoch was widely regarded by media watchers as the heir apparent to his father Rupert's powerful empire - a remarkable turnaround for a college dropout once viewed as the family's black sheep.

As its deputy chief operating officer and head of international operations, Murdoch, 38, was the third most senior figure at News Corp., wielding considerable influence through the stable of newspaper titles at his command.

Murdoch finally succumbed to the turmoil that threatens to engulf the entire company, even after it stepped away from a controversial bid to acquire full control of its UK-based broadcasting arm, ending for now any possibility of him succeeding his father at the helm of one of the most powerful media empires in the world.

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  1. Leng Leng Lu

    Hope he gets to nail his step mom, Wendy Deng....:;

    April 3, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nick-o

    Murdochs are bad apples.

    April 3, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • w5cdt

      They are the worst thing that ever happened to the news media. Who do you think help coin the term "liberal media"?

      April 3, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. w5cdt

    Great!! hopefully Daddy is next. Or they could all just stop breathing.

    April 3, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. Person

    Now he's a binman in Surrey.

    April 3, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. RillyKewl

    Daddy Warbucks will find him some other position of power soon enough.
    He'll abuse that power too.

    April 3, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • eric

      Too true. When you're rich and privileged, you can be dumb as a box of rocks and still get a job, because–when you're rich and powerful–it's not what you know, it's who you know.

      Leeching off your rich daddy for a job is the same as living in your parents' basement, only you likely have nicer clothes.

      April 3, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. Patrick Lewis

    Good. Hopefully this will be the first step in removing the stain of the lies for profit business model from our media.

    April 3, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    He's worthless, I'm surprised he lasted this long

    April 3, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. eric

    I'm not surprised he's stepping down. I'm surprised it took him *this long* to step down.

    April 3, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. Kevin

    There must be a reason he's stepping down.. I bet he's going to be involved in his own scandal. Lets see how this all pans out. Something is not right.

    April 3, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    He was viewed as the black sheep of the family? What did he do to be regarded as that, refuse to engage in cannibalism or something? Let's just indict them all and be done with it.

    April 3, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Lol...too true...

      April 3, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar The Chorizo Chimp Of Chihuahua

    That is one ugly dude.

    April 3, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. Phil Spectre

    Looks like Jim Carrey's autistic brother.

    April 3, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    No one dare touch this family on our soil, we love magnates like these. Why are the Brits after these poor things? lol

    April 3, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sirned

    Since congress isn't doing anything productive these days maybe they could investigate illegal hacking on American citizens.... Oh that wouldn't work ...Republicans get their marching orders from Murdock..

    April 3, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. Lightworker

    Time to go darling! Enough with the cover up, lies and manipulations!
    We want non-controlled media, media that says the truth and resembles the reality of things!
    much love and light to all

    April 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
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