Murdoch's Girl Quits; Tycoon's Daughter Leaves Sky to Starther Own Firm

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Murdoch's Girl Quits; Tycoon's Daughter Leaves Sky to Starther Own Firm


Byline: LISA O'CARROLL

ELISABETH Murdoch, the only daughter of media tycoon Rupert, last night appeared to rule herself out of the race to succeed her father when she resigned as programming chief at Sky TV.

Miss Murdoch, 31, is to step down next month to set up her own company specialising in TV, film and new media.

Under her guidance, Sky TV's parent company BSkyB has put increasing emphasis on making its own films and programmes.

So far, 10 films have been wholly or partly financed by Sky, including the recent Tube Tales and the first cinema release, Saving Grace, which stars Brenda Blethyn.

Last night Miss Murdoch said: 'I have had the privilege of working with some of the best television executives around and it is with some lament that I leave such a winning team.

'However, now is a great time to pursue something that I have been thinking about for some time.' Mr Murdoch, 69, who recently revealed he was suffering from low-grade prostate cancer, has said he has no plans to retire as chairman and chief executive officer of News Corporation, which owns 40 per cent of Sky.

Mr Murdoch's eldest son, Lachlan, 29, has been running his father's newspaper business in Australia while his other son, James, 27, is also in a good position in the company, overseeing the digital publishing arm of News Corporation in the U.

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