After ankling many of his European board seats in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal at News Corp’s UK press arm, James Murdoch has been elected Chairman of the supervisory board of Sky Deutschland. The exec, and son of Rupert, had originally been appointed as a member of Sky Deutschland’s board last April as News Corp began to raise his profile. The German pay-TV group is 54.8% owned by 21st Century Fox, of which Murdoch is Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Chairman and CEO, International. Via the board chairmanship that begins tomorrow, Murdoch is replacing 21st Century Fox President and COO Chase Carey who had been chairman since July 2010. Carey will remain a member of the board. “Mr. Murdoch has built a track record of bringing innovation to the global television business and choice to customers across Europe and Asia,” Sky Deutschland said today.
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