Rupert Murdoch Turns 81: Looking Back On A Reputation-Shattering Year – Deadline.com
Last March Rupert appointed his son James to be News Corp’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Chairman and CEO, International – putting him next in line of succession. But the scandals dashed those plans. Now James appears to be dead man walking: He recently resigned as chairman of News International, and analysts say there’s little chance that he’ll step up. The Murdoch family is said to blame James for getting them into the mess. The big question now is whether multiple investigations in the UK and the U.S. will deem him to be merely negligent in his handling of the lawbreaking, or criminally culpable.
He wasn’t the only member of the family whose plans were derailed by the scandal: Last year Rupert’s daughter Elisabeth was preparing to join the News Corp board following the company’s acquisition in April of her TV production company, Shine Group. She decided in August to remain off the board.