At the end of an investor conference designed to shed light on the financial future of
Needham & Co. senior media analyst Laura Martin asked Murdoch whether he would reveal his corporate succession plan.
"No," Murdoch said, adding, "That will be a matter for the directors of the company. ...The board knows [the succession plan], and they are pretty happy."
In 2011, Murdoch signaled to Wall Street that his second-in-command -- Chase Carey, the chief operating officer -- would likely succeed him if Murdoch were unable to continue as chairman and chief executive of the global media company.
Before that 2011 disclosure,
But James Murdoch's path to the top hit a detour after his reputation took a beating because of his handling of the phone hacking scandal at the
James Murdoch, 40, continues in a senior position at 21st Century Fox. He is deputy chief operating officer, based in New York, specializing in the company's foreign TV businesses.
And on Thursday, James Murdoch was one of just four senior
James Murdoch sat beside Carey in the center of the stage, flanked by the company's new chief financial officer, John Nallen, and Rupert Murdoch.