News Limited CEO John Hartigan’s Response to Julia Gillard
From: “Corporate Affairs”
Date: 20 July 2011 5:21:18 PM AEST
To: “Corporate Affairs”
Subject: John Hartigan’s Response to the Prime Minister
John Hartiganâ€™s Response to the Prime Minister
July 20, 2011
News Limited chairman and chief executive John Hartigan today described comments by the Prime Minister about News Limited as â€śunjustified and regrettableâ€ť.
The Prime Minister was reported earlier today to have said:
â€śI do believe that Australians watching all of that happening overseas with News Corp are looking at News Ltd here and are wanting to see News Ltd answer some hard questions.â€ť
Mr Hartigan said: â€śThe Prime Ministerâ€™s comments seek to draw a link between News Corporation operations in the UK and those here in Australia. The comments were unjustified and regrettable.
â€śThere is absolutely no connection between events in the UK and our business in Australia.
â€śThere is no evidence that similar behaviour has occurred at News in Australia.
â€śWe have answered every question put to us on this issue openly. If the Prime Minister has more questions we would be happy to respond.
â€śNo one is more appalled or is more concerned about what has happened in the UK than we are. It is an affront to everyone at News in Australia and a slur on the professionalism of our people, especially our journalists,â€ť Mr Hartigan said.