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Rupert Murdoch to step down as chair of Fox and News Corp

Fox News founder will exit his senior roles in News Corp and Fox, becoming chairman emeritus

Rupert Murdoch. ©  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has announced a decision to step down from his roles as Executive Chairman of News Corp and Chairman of Fox Corporation, with his son Lachlan set to become the sole chair of both companies.

The move was announced by Murdoch in a letter to his colleagues on Thursday, with the businessman stating he will officially exit his role in November and become Chairman Emeritus at the companies. 

“For my entire professional life, I have been engaged daily with news and ideas, and that will not change. But the time is right for me to take on different roles, knowing that we have truly talented teams and a passionate, principled leader in Lachlan who will become sole Chairman of both companies,” Murdoch wrote.

Lachlan Murdoch congratulated his 92-year-old father on his decades-long career and legacy. “We thank him for his vision, his pioneering spirit, his steadfast determination, and the enduring legacy he leaves to the companies he founded and countless people he has impacted. We are grateful that he will serve as Chairman Emeritus and know he will continue to provide valued counsel to both companies,” the 52-year-old said in a statement.

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