Murdoch resigns.

Rupert Murdoch isn't a stupid or evil man, he's a business man. And after scandals have made him close the UKs' most popular Sunday publication, News of the World, Rupert Murdoch has resigned his directorships in companies that control The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times.

It raises speculation that Murdoch seriously recognises the damage that has been caused to News International due to its huge failures, unethical work practices and probable lack of respect for the law under his teneor and is about to sell-off his newspapers.

A spokeswoman for Rupert Murdoch said that it was, "nothing more than a corporate housecleaning exercise", as restructuring was announced last month that is to split News Corporation in two separate groups.

This news comes when earlier this week The Hansard Society published its annual audit of 'Political Engagement' in the media and politics. It's quite a hefty piece of online literature, but very interesting if you have time this Sunday. Here's a couple of interesting graphics from the audit tbg. found:

Did Rupert Murdoch need to see these figures, one suspects he was already very much aware as his actions are suggesting.