NEW YORK (
heir apparent James Murdoch has
resigned as director of the British newspaper companies that publish
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.
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
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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