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News Corp. says long-time independent board member and venture capitalist Thomas Perkins is leaving its board of directors.

The media conglomerate has been struggling with a phone hacking scandal at one of its British papers.

Perkins resigned from Hewlett-Packard Co.'s board in 2006 after learning that the company had hired private detectives to obtain his phone records. News Corp. didn't say why he was leaving.

Also leaving News Corp.'s board is Kenneth Cowley, a former News Corp. executive.

News Corp. says James Breyer, another venture capitalist, has been nominated to the board and will stand for election at the Oct. 21 annual meeting.

News Corp.'s independent directors, including Perkins, expressed their support for the company's senior management in a July statement.

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