IamA Former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd AMA!
There’s been a lot of response from around Australia on my calls over recent months for a royal commission into the future ownership and diversity of Australian media – in particular for such a royal commission to examine the abuse of power by the Murdoch media in Australia. I have described the Murdoch media not as a legitimate news organisation but indeed a political party seeking to advance its own commercial and ideological interests. I’ve also described Murdoch as a cancer on democracy, not just in this country, but in the United Kingdom and the United States.
My experience of the Murdoch media is canvassed extensively in the book I’ve recently published entitled Kevin Rudd The PM Years. It deals with the Murdoch medias campaign to destroy the National Broadband Network of fibre optic to the premises in order to advance Murdoch’s commercial interests in protecting the Foxtel cable based entertainment network in Australia. My book also details the vicious nature of Murdoch’s campaign against my government in the 2013 election. Also you may have seen the attached opinion piece I wrote in last Saturdays Fairfax media on what Murdoch may seek to do next in seeking to ingratiate himself with the Labor party prior to the next election.
If you wish to discuss these and any other related matters then Reddit, Ask Me Anything!
I’ll be answering questions this afternoon from 4:30pm to 6pm AEST. That’s 5:30pm to 7pm AEDT. Other times as applicable depending on where in this fair country of ours you happen to live.
**EDIT: G'day folks, I'm now online as promised! So let's get into it.
**EDIT 2: Hi folks, I've been going for two hours now. Thérèse expects me home for dinner. I'll try and get back to the hundreds of questions that have been posted in this session in the days ahead. In the mean time, thank you for your engagement. And on the core question of the Murdoch media, if you're so inclined, please get a hold of my most recent book to get an idea of what it was like dealing with Murdoch while in office - and what should now be done about it. Kind Regards K Rudd.
**EDIT 3: Well folks thanks for the great stack of questions which has come in through this AMA. The theme of the AMA was Murdoch’s impact on the Australian democracy. And that certainly has been a resounding, continuing theme in many of the questions asked of me. And in many of the answers I have given. Again if you want to explore these questions further, I’d encourage you to read on my website the articles I’ve written recently about what to do about Murdoch’s overwhelming political and media power in Australia. The answer to that, in my judgement, lies in a fully empowered royal commission with proper terms of reference with the object of guaranteeing maximum media diversity for Australia’s political future. I’d also encourage you to read volume two of my autobiography which has been released over the last couple of months. You can get it online. Or you can get it at your local book shop. So thanks very much for participating in this AMA. There has been quite a lot of response both directly and through the twitterverse. If you’re interested in particular on Murdoch’s interest in protecting his Foxtel entertainment network in Australia against internet based competitors (like the NBN) then again go to my website and have a look at the News Corporation’s compulsory filings on the NYSE from 2013 to 2017. These repeatedly point to the threat which internet based media businesses represented to the bottom line commercial interest of the Murdoch empire. The fact that Murdoch campaigned so viciously to defeat our government in 2013 and thereby to destroy the NBN as a competitor to Foxtel is underlined by the logic outlined in these compulsory filings.