News Corporation last night announced James Murdoch junior will relinquish his role at News International, the company’s UK publishing unit.
But the top level reshuffle is not expected to affect News Corp’s business in Asia, with the deputy COO to retain his pay-TV duties in Asia.
Tom Mockridge, chief executive officer of News International, will overstep Murdoch and report directly to News Corporation president and COO Chase Carey.
As part of the shuffle Murdoch junior will relocate from the UK to New York to assume “a variety of essential corporate leadership mandates”, with a focus on its pay-TV businesses and broader international operations.
These include Star TV, Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia and BSkyB.
The moves follow in the wake of the widespread phone-hacking scandal which has engulfed News-owned newspapers The Sun and the now-defunct News of the World.
The scandal has resulted in months of judicial scrutiny from the UK parliament.