James Murdoch to step down as chairman of BSkyB
London: Britain`s Sky News says James Murdoch is stepping down as chairman of British Sky Broadcasting.
Sky, a part of BSkyB, reports that the resignation will be confirmed later Tuesday.
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch`s News Corp., which owns 39 per cent of BSkyB, had no comment. BSkyB could not immediately be reached.
James Murdoch, one of his father`s chief lieutenants, has been under pressure as result of Britain`s tabloid phone hacking scandal.
He has been shedding posts to concentrate on his role in his father`s television business as News Corp. struggles to shake off the hacking furor that erupted at its now-shuttered tabloid News of the World.
In February, James Murdoch quit as chairman of News International, News Corp.`s British newspaper division.
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