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Will James Murdoch still be chairman after Thursday?

James Murdoch's position as chairman of BSkyB will be discussed at this Thursday's board meeting ahead of the broadcaster's results on Friday.

Investors are said to be divided over whether Mr Murdoch should retain his role following the phone-hacking revelations at the now closed News of the World. Nick Ferguson, deputy chairman, has taken soundings and will lead the discussions over Mr Murdoch's fate with fellow directors who include the publisher Dame Gail Rebuck and the former Royal Mail chairman Allan Leighton. Several investors, including Crispin Odey of Odey Asset Management, back Mr Murdoch.