LONDON Jul 28 James Murdoch is to stay on as
chairman of BSkyB after the British satellite
broadcaster's board voted unanimously in his favour, two sources
with knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Thursday.
"James Murdoch will stay on as chairman," one source said.
"He had unanimous support."
Several shareholders had called for him to step down over
his role in a phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World,
which is owned by News Corp , his father Rupert's
company of which he is also an executive.
But the board chose to endorse Murdoch, an ex-chief
executive of BSkyB, although it would keep a close eye on
external events that might prove relevant to his role, one of
the sources said.
"The role of chairman was discussed at some length," the
source said, describing the board meeting, which took place on
the eve of BSkyB's annual results announcement.
The phone-hacking scandal became a matter of national
outrage in Britain a few weeks ago when a murdered schoolgirl's
voicemails were revealed to have been intercepted.
The matter, which has raised questions about the conduct of
politicians up to the prime minister and police as well as the
media, is the subject of a police investigation, a parliamentary
probe and a judicial inquiry in Britain.
(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan)