By Daniel Hunter

James Murdoch has confirmed that he will step down from his role as executive chairman of News International.

The company, responsible for the Sun and the Times newspapers, have been plagued by the phone-hacking scandal that saw the News of the World closed down.

Mr Murdoch will remain as deputy chief operating officer of parent group News Corporation.

"I deeply appreciate the dedication of my many talented colleagues at News International who work tirelessly to inform the public," he said.

With the company having just launched the Sun on Sunday it is, according to Mr Murdoch, in a strong position.

"We are all grateful for James' leadership at News International and across Europe and Asia, where he has made lasting contributions to the group's strategy in paid digital content and its efforts to improve and enhance governance programs," Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive at News Corporation, said.

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