Aug 21, 2014

Crikey’s intrepid reporter meets the News Corp CEO

Julian Clarke had "a very interesting day" yesterday -- and today was gracious enough to speak to a Crikey reporter without throwing anything.

Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

“Hello, I’m from Crikey” is probably not the best way to introduce yourself to the chief executive of News Corp, Julian Clarke, the day after his company had starred on these pages. Clarke, a 30-year veteran of the company, had just been on a panel of newspaper CEOs at the 2014 Future Forum industry conference, put on by newspaper body Newspaper Works.

Clarke, Fairfax head Greg Hywood, APN News and Media head Michael Miller and West Australian Newspapers boss Chris Wharton had all been discussing the future of newspapers. (So we had four white, middle-aged men talking about the future of an industry with an uncertain outlook — can we spot the problem? According to my fellow tweeters, there are only three female speakers during the  two-day conference.)

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6 thoughts on “Crikey’s intrepid reporter meets the News Corp CEO

  1. paddy

    LOL Go Margot.
    Can there be anything more terrifying to an old, white privileged male, than a smarter and younger woman, asking awkward questions?

    Watching the reactions online from News Corp to that “impertinent pigmy” called Crikey, has been a joy to behold.

  2. Kevin Herbert

    Great the Graham Perkin mould…go Crikey!!!

  3. Margot Saville

    Thank you paddy

  4. rhwombat

    That’s got to be a stock photo of Clarke – there’s not enough snarl, or blood, for it to be of the Head Murdorch. Keep being a real journalist, Margot.

  5. Margot Saville

    thanks all of you!

  6. 2bobsworth

    News Corp Chief plays down red ink” SMH Business Fri 22 August 2014
    “…The Australian …it is the most influential newspaper in this country without any doubt.”
    Just how much influence can you buy for $30M. Very cheap for a controlling interest in a G20 Govt. Especially when News Corp shareholders punt the bill to support a foreign owner’s alter ego.

    The SMH ran an article on “The Australian” running routinely at a huge loss, “Losses Unlimited for News. SMH Business. Thurs 21Aug’14. Which concludes with; When he (Rupert Murdoch) goes… the new guy will probably say, “Why are we doing this?”
    Well, apart from Climate Scepticism, Cross Media Law change, NBN nobbling, Political largesse , Americanisation of worker conditions, vested interest and Corporate lobbying etc,etc.)
    I suggest the losses could be recognised as political lobby donations in proportion to “the fair and balanced” contribution to each of the major political party’s policies.
    News Corp. Shareholders could be then be proud owners of their share of the donations foregone.
    Unfortunately, the shareholders may not see self inflicted Vanity Debt as a reasonable investment.
    All of “Team Abbott” is now dutifully working on behalf of “Team Australian” for plan B, “Team Fox” .
    This will replace the ailing print media with Rupert’s hallmark “Outrage” TV Channel, Fox, to give the Libertarian 1% Loopy Group, IPA a platform for ” Think Team Rupert”
    You have been warned.

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