News Corporation Australia (News Corporation) managing director, Mike Quigley, has defended the content of a video by an Australian journalist that appeared to criticise the company’s media policy.
In the video, which was posted to the News Corporation’s Facebook page, journalist John Key is heard saying he is “really, really, really annoyed” by the way the company treats its employees.
The video was shot at the company HQ in Sydney, where Mr Key is CEO and chief executive officer, during the company-wide Media Safety Week, which takes place every five years.
Mr Key’s comments appear to criticising News Corp’s Media Policy Statement, which states that: “News Corp Australia’s policy is to be inclusive of all viewpoints, but not to marginalise or discriminate against any person, group or opinion.”
He then accuses the company of being “totally biased” in its coverage of the election, saying it “takes every issue of importance and then makes the worst argument that has been made so far”.
In response to Mr Key, the News Corp Media Group has released a statement on the video.
“We respect Mr Key for making his point and disagree with him on the details of our media policies, but we have seen this video and agree with his points,” it reads.
“News Corporation has a history of being proactive in ensuring that our staff, customers and the community are protected from threats and discrimination.
“The News Corp CEO has already said he will be speaking to Mr [Key] directly to apologise for his behaviour. “
“Mr Key has been invited to meet Mr Quigleys team at the NewsCorp headquarters to discuss his views and to discuss how to improve our culture. “
“If we do not listen to our own staff and apologise, we may lose our position as an Australian media giant.” “
News Corp said it was “shocked and appalled” by Mr Keys comments and “regretted” that his views were not taken into account in the company policy. “
If we do not listen to our own staff and apologise, we may lose our position as an Australian media giant.”
News Corp said it was “shocked and appalled” by Mr Keys comments and “regretted” that his views were not taken into account in the company policy.
“This kind of behaviour is unacceptable and does not reflect the values of News Corp Australia,” a News Corp spokesman said.
We are committed to providing our employees with a positive working environment where they can succeed, and are proud to have an outstanding reputation as one of the leading global media organisations.” “
At the NewsCorps Media Group, we treat all of our staff with respect and with the utmost care.
We are committed to providing our employees with a positive working environment where they can succeed, and are proud to have an outstanding reputation as one of the leading global media organisations.”
The ABC’s Dan O’Toole has spoken to one of Mr Key s colleagues, who said he was “really disgusted” by what he heard and said he “didn’t do nothing wrong”.
He said Mr Key was “very passionate about his job”.
“He’s very passionate about it, very passionate that he’s got the job,” he said.
But he said he would be “very disappointed” if News Corp had changed its policy.
News Corp declined to comment on whether it had consulted with its media team on the matter.
The full statement from News Corp on Mr Key can be found below.
News Corporation chief executive and chief operating officer, Mikequigley.”
But I also recognise that there is a place in News Corp for bullying and harassment of anyone, so we will continue to make sure that our employees are safe and are respected.”
News Corporation chief executive and chief operating officer, Mikequigley.