Murray, 56, who has worked at The Journal for nearly 30 years, took over in June 2018 after growing unrest in the newsroom. His predecessor was Gerard Baker, a Brit who was also at The Sunday Times in London before joining The Journal. Mr. Baker faced complaints in the newsroom, including accusations by some reporters that he was soft on then-President Donald J. Trump.
Staff morale improved significantly under Mr Murray, whose tenure included the award-winning 2021. Facebook files a series based on a cache of internal documents and other impactful work. But he has disagree with The Journal’s publisher, Almar Latour, about the direction of the paper and how to grow its subscriber base.
Reports of Ms. Tucker’s possible move to The Journal began circulating months ago in the British mediaas well as last month in Traffic light, a startup news site. The company had been looking to replace the editor for at least a year, according to four people familiar with the relationship.
Mr Murray and Ms Tucker declined to be interviewed and News Corp declined to make Mr Thomson available for an interview.
Mr. Murray has disappointed some executives with his skepticism about Hunter Biden laptop story in 2020, according to two people with knowledge of internal discussions. (The New York Post, another News Corp publication, heavily promoted the story.)
Mr Murdoch also raised concerns that the newsroom was becoming less objective, according to executives. After the killing of George Floyd, editing petitioned management to make fundamental changes in the way the paper covered race and the police.
That caught Mr. Murdoch’s attention, the people said. In remarks at an event in early 2021, the mogul convicted “awakened orthodoxy” and “cancellation of culture” as movements that suffocate society. “This hard-nosed conformity, aided and abetted by so-called social media, is a straitjacket for sensibilities,” he said.
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