John Whittingdale
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James Murdoch resigns from BSkyB

James Murdoch has resigned his role as chairman of UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB, but will remain on the board.

His father Rupert founded News Corporation, which had to drop its bid for BSkyB amid the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World.

James Murdoch stood down as chairman of the Sunday paper's publisher, News International, last month.

John Whittingdale is the chair of the Culture Select Committee and he told the BBC: ''This is about severing the linkage between BSkyB and News International''.