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Aug 9, 2013

Kim Williams lobbed out of News Corp, clearing path for Murdoch Jnr?

Kim Williams has walked from the nation's most powerful media post, putting a print and company loyalist back in charge at News Corp Australia. Williams was on borrowed time according to insiders.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

The resignation this morning of highbrow opera and Campari fan Kim Williams from the top job at Holt Street has come as relief for some News Corp Australia senior journalists and executives, who say they are finally free to rip off the yoke of spreadsheets and KPIs and get back to reporting.

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  1. Salamander

    Geez, his wife might have threatened to divorce him. I would hope.

  2. wilful

    Pushing thru the marketing
    So many editors sighing
    News Ltd had just come on,
    We had five years left to cry in

    News guy wept and told us
    Their business is really dying
    Kim cried so much his face was wet
    Then I knew he was not lying

    I heard tapped telephones, Foxtel, gated information
    I saw big swinging dicks, churnalism, e-strategies and “content”
    My brain hurts like a warehouse
    It has no room to spare
    I had to cram so many things
    To store everything in there
    And all the fat-skinny people, and all the tall-short people
    And all the nobody people, and all the somebody people
    I never thought I’d hear about so many irrelevant people

    Rebekah Brooks went off her head
    Hit some tiny politician
    If Rupert hadn’t a-pulled her off, I think she would have killed them

    A journo with a broken source, fixed his stare on the twitter
    The cops knelt and kissed the feet of the Sun King
    And I threw up at the sight of that
    I think I saw Fairfax in an ice-cream parlour
    Drinking the Kool-Aid all day long
    Smiling and waving and looking so fine
    Don’t think you knew you were in this song

    And it was cold and it rained and I felt so uninformed
    And I thought of proper journalism and I wanted to get some of that
    Your thoughts, your analysis, the way that you express
    I kiss you, you’re beautiful, I want you to walk

    We’ve got five years, stuck on my eyes
    We’ve got five years, what a surprise
    We’ve got five years, my brain hurts a lot
    We’ve got five years, that’s all we’ve got

  3. Bill Hilliger

    Many (in spite of Kim being sent packing) say they still wont buy News Ltd crappy products. The sooner Rupert’s crappy merchandise sinks into oblivion the better.

  4. rubiginosa

    This calls for some vintage IPA:

    That [Kim Williams] is both an outsider and has a background in broadcasting and, more particularly, broadcasting technology makes him an excellent appointment. The last thing [NewsCorp] needs is an ideologue to the taste of [NewsCorp] staff.

    Perhaps some Grattan:

    [Robert Thomson’s] problems with [his] reshuffle will be how it is perceived. [His] danger is it will be seen as [executives] deserting a sinking ship and that it adds to an impression of chaos, which can be used to fuel doubt about [his, and Rupert’s] judgment.

    Chris Kenny, probably:

    “The shadow of [Kim Williams] hangs over him,” [insert name] says, referring to the CEO who attempted to shake up the organisation, triggered a revolt by staff and supporters, and resigned 18 months into his five-year appointment.
    The [NewsCorp] organisational chart, which shows a series of program producers answering to heads of news, current affairs, [tabloid bullshit] or the like, can best be viewed as a collective of staff collectives. The easiest way for a manager to consolidate his or her position in the organisation is to be seen to stand up for the staff below them, entrenching the will of the collective.

    So a critical question for [Clarke] is to what degree he seeks to drive and influence the [NewsCorp] culture, and to what degree he represents the decisions of the many program producers below him.

  5. Bill Hilliger

    Andrew: …Highly-paid Boston Consulting suits were drafted in to affect the changes. Affect… effect? Big difference in context.

  6. Salamander

    So Julian Clarke is 69. So what? It seems Kim is far too canny to have his age bandied about.

  7. Pedantic, Balwyn

    Murdoch’s attack on Rudd will please the rusted on Abbott lovers, but the vast majority of readers are neither lovers or haters of either man and will simply ignore the diatribe and the papers that publish them. In fact the more one-sided the News Ltd journals become, the less likely that the majority will bother to buy them;especially as they can get their news on line.

  8. Andrew Crook

    @Bill they were there to change the way change is happening.

  9. Mark from Melbourne

    Yes, Kim signed off on the Eidos deal which was a $60m+ waste of money but the real culprits are sitting a rung below. CIO, John Pittard, and his senior team have presided over some colossal and expensive failures – Kim pales in comparison in terms of spend on overpaid consultants. Kim’s failure is that he didn’t identify this as a major weakness and fix it, along with some of the other “silos of failure” which have long been News’ greatness structural weakness.

  10. Bill Hilliger

    fair enough Andrew

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