News Corp.'s chief operating officer, James Murdoch, has resigned from the boards of the companies that operate British newspapers the Sun and the Times.
Murdoch remains chairman of News International, the division that controls News Corp. publishing operations in Britain. But he turned over day-to-day operations of the group to Tom Mockridge, who was named chief executive following the resignation this summer of former New International CEO and News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks.
The 38-year-old Murdoch, son of powerful News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, stepped down in September as a director of Times Newspapers, which publishes the Times and the Sunday Times, and of News Group Newspapers, which owns the Sun tabloid and formerly published the now-defunct News of the World, which is at the center of the British phone-hacking scandal.
A person familiar with the matter described these units as holding companies that exist primarily for accounting purposes. The change comes as James Murdoch prepares to move to New York, as was announced in March with his elevation to the No. 3 job at News Corp.