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 Hartigan’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 “unjustified and regrettable”.
The Prime Minister was reported earlier today to have said:
“I 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.”
Mr Hartigan said: “The Prime Minister’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.
“There is absolutely no connection between events in the UK and our business in Australia.
“There is no evidence that similar behaviour has occurred at News in Australia.
“We have answered every question put to us on this issue openly. If the Prime Minister has more questions we would be happy to respond.
“No 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,” Mr Hartigan said.