“I’m also not surprised to see that in parliament, or amongst parliamentarians, a conversation is starting about the need for a review, and I will be happy to sit down with parliamentarians and discuss that review that people are obviously contemplating,” she said.
The news is significant as News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch started his company in his native Australia and grew it into a giant that allowed him to begin acquiring media companies in the U.S., the U.K., and elsewhere begining in the 1970s. Though Murdoch gave up his Australian citizenship in 1985 to become an American, his company still casts a very large shadow on the country’s media landscape. Murdoch controls dozens of media brands in Australia, including the country’s largest newspaper, seven of the 11 metropolitan and national dailies, 77 percent of Sunday papers, and numerous broadcast and satellite TV outlets. As British progressive blog Left Foot Forward noted, in “Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart and Adelaide you can only pick up a newspaper that’s been printed by Murdoch.”
An editorial in today’s Murdoch-owned newspaper the Australian defends the company, saying it has “nothing to fear from any inquiry into media behaviour.” It goes on to mock Brown’s call for an investigation as ”tilt[ing] at windmills.” News Corp.’s Australian arm has already launched its own probe.