Elisabeth Murdoch News Corp Job, Elisabeth Murdoch denied on Friday she wanted to succeed her father as head of the News Corp media empire, but acknowledged her role in forcing out one of his favourite newspaper executives over a phone hacking scandal.
Speaking at the Edinburgh Television Festival, she said that as a daughter it had been heartbreaking to see Rupert Murdoch humbled by the scandal which engulfed his News of the World newspaper, but played down her own ambitions.
“I really harbour absolutely no ambition for a top job (as head of News Corp),” she told a question and answer session.
Elisabeth Murdoch, who runs a television production company, cast herself as the moral face of the Murdoch children following a speech on Thursday evening when she took aim at her younger brother James.
Implicitly criticising his handling of the scandal at the now defunct British newspaper, she said profit with no purpose was a “recipe for disaster”, picking up on comments made by James who was once considered their father’s heir.
Elisabeth said she had pressed for the resignation of her father’s favourite UK director, Rebekah Brooks, during family talks on how to deal with the phone hacking affair which convulsed the Murdoch empire last year.
Asked whether she had urged James to stand back and had said Brooks should resign, Elisabeth said: “Yes.”
“It was said within closed walls and Rebekah did resign. She had to resign.”
Brooks, who oversaw Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, has been charged with illegally intercepting voicemail messages and will appear in court on September 3.