Rupert Murdoch Said to Hand Fox CEO Title to Son James

Co-COO Chase Carey To Stay on in Advisory Role

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James Murdoch
James Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch is preparing to step down as chief executive officer of 21st Century Fox Inc. and hand the CEO title to his son James, according to a person familiar with the matter.

While it's unclear whether a reorganization would happen this year or at the start of 2016, Mr. Murdoch would stay as chairman, CNBC said earlier, citing unidentified sources close to the family. An announcement is expected in the near-term, the cable channel said.

"The matter of succession is on the agenda at our upcoming, regularly scheduled board meeting," Fox said in a statement, without elaborating.

The Murdochs control Fox, which owns film, cable and broadcast businesses, through a family trust, as well as News Corp., the owner of the Wall Street Journal.

Rupert Murdoch will still drive strategy at Fox, according to the person. James, 42, is currently the co-chief operating officer with Chase Carey, who is expected to stay on in an advisory role.

~Bloomberg News~

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