May 17, 2018

Missing in action: James Murdoch

Lachlan Murdoch has been announced as incoming Fox CEO in a statement overnight, leaving one big question: where's James?

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Like something out of Stalinist Russia or current China, current 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch seems to have been erased without explanation or trace in the company's new management structure, once the US$ 66 billion deal with Disney is done. A statement issued overnight and on the Fox website shows that Lachlan Murdoch is in as executive chairman/CEO, and Rupert Murdoch is still there as co-chair, but James Murdoch has vanished, erased by the board (which is dominated by Lachlan and Rupert).

In fact, James' standalone CEO position has gone too. While Lachlan is CEO and executive chair, there has been a new slot created: chief operating officer, which will be filled by John Nallen, the long-serving finance chief of Fox.

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2 thoughts on “Missing in action: James Murdoch

  1. Arky

    Don’t worry, when James returns in a couple of months from his holiday in Westworld he’ll be perfectly in agreement with Rupert and Lachlan at all times, just don’t say “freeze all motor functions” within his earshot.

    1. AR

      I assumed that they’d both had the necessary recalibrations years ago – not that either ever showed much sign of cognitive functioning.

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