LONDON - Rupert Murdoch has resigned as director of a number of companies behind British newspapers The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times, a News International spokeswoman said.
The News Corp chief executive is stepping down from his role on the boards of News Corp Investments, News International Group Limited and Times Newspaper Holdings.
He has also left more than a dozen boards in the US, Australia and India.
News International sought to play down the development, saying it was “no more than a corporate house-cleaning exercise prior to the company split”.
The decision comes after Murdoch announced last month that News Corp will press ahead with a split of the entertainment division from its struggling publishing business, saying he is committed to both units.
He said he would be chairman of both companies, including an entertainment unit led by Fox studios and television assets, and a publishing unit that includes The Wall Street Journal and The Times of London.