) --

News Corp.'s

(NWS) - Get Report

heir apparent James Murdoch has

resigned as director of the British newspaper companies that publish

The Sun


The Times


The Sunday Times


Companies House filings showed that Murdoch relinquished his post as director of News International Holdings. He departed as director of News Group Newspapers Ltd. -- which published the now defunct

News of the World

-- and Times Newspapers Ltd., which are both subsidiaries of News International.

James Murdoch

Murdoch's resignation comes amid a serious hacking scandal in the United Kingdom that has resulted in ongoing inquiries by Parliament launched by Prime Minister David Cameron. Investigations this past summer revealed phone tampering crimes that allegedly involved British tabloids owned by News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch will remain executive chairman of the News International division of News Corp., the director of

The Times

editorial board, chairman of


and the News Corp. deputy chief operating officer, according to the

London Evening Standard


-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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