NEW YORK (TheStreet -- James Murdoch has stepped down as executive chairman of News International, the U.K. publishing unit of News Corp. (NWS) - Get Report, the company announced Tuesday.

"Now that he has moved to New York, James will continue to assume a variety of essential corporate leadership mandates, with particular focus on important pay-TV businesses and broader international operations," said his father, Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO.

James Murdoch was in charge at News International when one of its newspapers,

News of the World

, was forced to cease publishing in 2011 under the intense glare of a phone-hacking scandal involving the paper.

The Sun

, another News Corp. paper in England, recently began publishing a Sunday edition to replace the popular

News of the World

.

"With the successful launch of The Sun on Sunday and new business practices in place across all titles, News International is now in a strong position to build on its successes in the future. As Deputy Chief Operating Officer, I look forward to expanding my commitment to News Corporation's international television businesses and other key initiatives across the Company," Murdoch said.