James Murdoch Re-Appointed to BSkyB Board

Shareholders meet at AGM in Edinburgh, Scotland

LONDON — Shareholders of U.K. pay TV operator BSkyB have voted to reappoint James Murdoch as a board director at the company’s annual general meeting today in Edinburgh, Scotland.

James Murdoch is 21st Century Fox’s deputy chief operating officer, as well as the company’s chairman and CEO of international. He is also chairman of the supervisory board at German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland.

There had been talk in the local press of a shareholder revolt. The trial of former execs from the News of the World newspaper on charges relating to phone hacking is ongoing in London, and prior to the trial there had been criticism of James Murdoch’s handling of the scandal during his time as head of News International, the News Corp division that owned the News of the World.

In the end, there was no revolt, and James Murdoch was re-appointed to the BSkyB board with 96% of the vote.

Chase Carey, prexy and chief operating officer of 21st Century Fox, was also re-elected to the BSkyB board. Carey also sits on the Sky Deutschland supervisory board.

Fox owns a 39% stake in BSkyB.

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