LONDON - Rupert Murdoch risked a spat with directors tasked with protecting the independence of London's Times and Sunday Times newspapers on Friday after ignoring their disapproval and appointing temporary acting editors to both titles.
The independent directors refused to formally approve the appointments in an apparent disagreement over the future of the papers, which Murdoch's British newspaper operation said were in a "very difficult financial position."
The Times reported that the independent directors "refused to accept News Corporation's nominations of the two men for permanent appointments." The company said it was going ahead with the appointments on an acting basis.
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