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Fox Investors Excluding Murdoch Back Chairman-CEO Split 2-to-1

21st Century Fox Inc. investors not affiliated with Rupert Murdoch and his family supported a proposal to create an independent chairman of the film and television company by about a 2-1 margin.

Shareholders representing almost 147 million Class B voting shares backed the plan, according to a filing yesterday by New York-based Fox after the company’s annual meeting in Los Angeles. Votes opposing totaled 361.7 million, including about 280 million cast by Murdoch, 82, and his family trust.