James Murdoch to leave Sotheby's board

Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:36am GMT

News International Chairman James Murdoch is seen speaking to parliamentarians in London in this November 10, 2011 file photograph. James Murdoch, the younger son of chairman Rupert, would relinquish his position as executive chairman of its News International unit, News Corp said on February 29, 2012. REUTERS/Parbul TV via Reuters TV/Files

News International Chairman James Murdoch is seen speaking to parliamentarians in London in this November 10, 2011 file photograph. James Murdoch, the younger son of chairman Rupert, would relinquish his position as executive chairman of its News International unit, News Corp said on February 29, 2012.

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(Reuters) - News Corp's James Murdoch will not seek re-election to the board of auction house Sotheby's, according to a regulatory filing.

Murdoch will leave the board to focus on his core responsibilities as deputy chief officer at News Corp, the filing said.

The move follows demands for Murdoch's resignation after he was embroiled in the phone hacking scandal at his company.

Murdoch, son of News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, was a director on Sotheby's board for two years.

The hacking scandal exploded last July as a stream of revelations over the hacking of crime victims and Britain's war dead sparked a wave of public revulsion which forced the closure of the mass-selling 168-year-old News of the World.

Murdoch, 39, resigned from the board of GlaxoSmithKline Plc in January. He also resigned as executive chairman of scandal-ridden News International, in February.

(Reporting by Durba Ghosh in Bangalore; Editing by Bernard Orr)

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