The youngest son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, James had served on the News Corp board since 2013.News Corp. is one of two media companies owned by the Murdoch family, the other being Fox Corporation, which now owns Fox News, Fox Business and the Fox Television Network. James was CEO of 21st Century Fox until it was sold to Disney last year.
James, 47, recently opened up about his disagreements with some members of the Murdoch family who are known to be conservative.
“There are views that I really disagree with about Fox,” he told The New Yorker last year. His older brother, Lachlan, 49, has been running Fox Corporation since 2018.
In January, James and his wife Kathryn, an activist, publicly berated News Corp, which downplayed the role of man-made climate change.
In a statement provided to The Associated Press by a spokesperson for News Corp, Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch said, “We are grateful to James for his many years of service to the company. We wish him the best in his future endeavors. ”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.