Rupert Murdoch sells some News Corp voting shares

Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:36pm GMT

News Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch gives a speech at the state memorial service for his mother Dame Elisabeth Murdoch in Melbourne December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Alex Coppel/Pool

News Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch gives a speech at the state memorial service for his mother Dame Elisabeth Murdoch in Melbourne December 18, 2012.

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(Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive officer of News Corp (NWSA.O), sold less than 1 percent of his shares in the media company.

Murdoch sold 1,396,571 million Class B shares, out of 317,290,709 shares, on February 13, for $40.1 million, according to a regulatory filing on Friday.

News Corp, which owns Fox Network, The Wall Street Journal, and 20th Century Fox movie studios, is controlled by Murdoch's family through its ownership of 40 percent of Class B voting shares.

In November, Murdoch sold his Class A shares.

Shares of News Corp are up almost 50 percent in the past 12 months. The stock closed up 1.4 percent at $28.90 on Friday.

(Reporting By Jennifer Saba in New York; editing by Carol Bishopric)

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