Rupert Murdoch to hand Fox CEO title to son James

Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:49pm EDT
 
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By Jennifer Saba and Nick Zieminski

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch, the 84-year old media baron, will hand over the chief executive reins at entertainment conglomerate Twenty-First Century Fox Inc to his 42-year-old son James, a source familiar with the situation said on Thursday.

Fox Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey will step into an advisory role as part of a generational shift at the parent company of Fox News and movie studio behind "X-Men" and other series, the source said, adding that James Murdoch and his 43-year-old brother Lachlan would work as partners.

The elder Murdoch, whose media career spans the better part of a century, will take on the role of executive chairman, according to published reports.

While New York-based James will have day-to-day control of the company, Lachlan, who will be moving from Sydney to Los Angeles, will play an integral role as the company's co-executive chair.

The wheels of this partnership were set in motion when Fox announced the brothers' promotions - Lachlan to non-executive co-chairman of both Fox and publishing operation News Corp and James to co-chief operating officer of Fox together with Carey - in March 2014.

This will be the first time that only Murdoch family members will occupy the top three positions at the company.

Fox said on Thursday it would take up the succession issue at its next board meeting, which the source said would take place next week.

CNBC reported earlier that the elder Murdoch would still have the final say in whatever transpires at Fox. It was unclear whether the reorganization would take place this year or at the start of 2016, CNBC said.   Continued...

 
Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corp. and 21st Century Fox, arrives with sons Lachlan (L) and James (R) for the first session of annual Allen and Co. conference at the Sun Valley, Idaho Resort July 10, 2013.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking