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(From Western Morning News)
Byline: WMN REPORTERS
James Murdoch relinquished control of his family's UK newspaper empire last night, stepping down as executive chairman of News International (NI).
Announcing the move, parent company News Corporation said it would allow him to focus on expanding the company's international TV businesses. The announcement has been seen by many as a way of distancing Mr Murdoch from the scandal that has surrounded News Corp's UK newspapers. He has faced intense scrutiny in the wake of the News of the World (NotW) phone hacking scandal and was noticeably absent at his father Rupert Murdoch's launch of the new Sunday publication …