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James Murdoch resigns as BSkyB chairman

April 3rd, 2012

James Murdoch has resigned his role as chairman of UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB, but will remain on the board.

His father Rupert founded News Corporation, which had to drop its bid for BSkyB amid the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World.

James Murdoch stood down as chairman of the Sunday paper’s publisher, News International, last month.

He said in a statement that he did not want BSkyB to be undermined by “matters outside this company”.

Sources told Robert Peston, the BBC’s business editor, that it was Mr Murdoch’s own decision to leave.

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