A News Corp. spokesman said Wednesday James Murdoch would step down as executive chairman of News International to focus on the company's television holdings. The son of 80-year-old media baron Rupert Murdoch will remain on as deputy chief operating officer of News Corp.

Murdoch and News Corp. have come under international scrutiny for a phone-hacking scandal that broadens around every turn. He denied his knowledge of phone-hacking at the newspaper conglomerate he in-part ran, though that claim has been disputed by colleagues.