The votes at the annual general meeting of Sky in London were 95.65% in his favor, and 4.35% against.
Shareholders also voted, unanimously, to change the company’s name from British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) to Sky, following the merger of the U.K.’s BSkyB, Germany’s Sky Deutschland and Italy’s Sky Italia earlier this month.
Murdoch has been on the Sky board since 2003, and was formerly its chief executive and then its chairman. He now serves on the board as a non-executive director. He is also co-chief operating officer and a director at 21st Century Fox, which owns a 39% stake in Sky.
Earlier this week, a group of institutional investors, the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum, had urged fellow shareholders to vote against Murdoch’s re-election.
The group, whose members own about 2% of Sky’s stock, expressed their “concerns” over Murdoch’s suitability as director due to his handling of the phone-hacking scandal at newspapers owned by News Corp, where Murdoch was an executive. It also pointed to a conflict of interest due to Murdoch’s role at Fox.
Murdoch was chairman of News Corp’s U.K. publishing arm News International from December 2007 to February 2012. Over that period he had to handle revelations of phone hacking by the News of the World staff, which had taken place prior to his appointment. The publisher of the News of the World was News Group Newspapers, part of News International.
The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum had called for a “genuine ‘arm’s length’ relationship” between Fox and Sky. Murdoch led negotiations for Fox when Sky bought Fox’s stakes in Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland for £6.9 billion ($10.8 billion) in a deal completed this month.