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James Murdoch Clears Hurdle in Battle to Remain in Power at News Corp.

Jul 29, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The board of British Sky Broadcasting reaffirmed its support for James Murdoch to continue as its chairman, a move that the Los Angeles Times calls "the first hurdle in his bid to hold onto power in his father Rupert’s company, News Corp."

The support comes amid questions over James Murdoch’s handling of the phone-hacking scandal at News Corp.’s now defunct tabloid News of the World, the story notes.

"The move was a bit of good news for the Murdoch clan after three weeks of daily drubbings in rival newspapers and pointed questions from members of Parliament," write Meg James and Joe Flint in the article. BSkyB provides TV service to 10 million homes in Britain and Ireland.

For 38-year-old James Murdoch, however, it’s still unclear whether the scandal could push him out of his job as News Corp.’s deputy chief operating officer, the third-ranking role in the media conglomerate. British lawmakers have indicated they want him to answer more questions and have expressed doubts about whether he was truthful when he testified in a parliamentary committee last week about being unaware of the hacking.

He has run News Corp.’s European operations since 2007.

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