(AP) Rupert Murdoch is becoming publisher of the New York Post, replacing his 33-year-old son Lachlan who abruptly resigned last week.
The Post, in a story in Wednesday editions, said the elder Murdoch would retake his place at the helm of the newspaper, a position he held from 1976, when his media company News Corp. bought the paper, until 1986, when Patrick Purcell became publisher. News Corp. sold the paper in 1988 but bought it back in 1993.
The story didn’t say whether Murdoch would replace the other positions held by his son Lachlan, who also oversaw the company’s U.S. television station group, its Australian newspapers and the HarperCollins book publisher. A company spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment.
Lachlan, who also held the title of deputy chief operating officer of the giant News Corp. media conglomerate, did not explain his reasons for leaving last week, though he will remain on the company’s board.
Lachlan had been seen as his father’s favorite to one day take over as the leader of the media empire, which includes the Twentieth Century Fox studio, Fox News Channel, a number of newspapers in Britain in Australia and satellite broadcasting operations throughout the world.
For now, though, the obvious successor to the 74-year-old Murdoch would be Peter Chernin, the company’s chief operating officer. Chernin, who is 54 and highly regarded on Wall Street, signed a five-year contract with News Corp. last year.