News Corp Australia has confirmed that it will increase its coverage of climate change throughout the company next month, but says its group of commentators will not be “gagged”.
News Corp Australasia CEO, Michael Miller says the headlines will cover “all views” and “not just popular ones,” indicating that the Murdoch empire may continue its pattern of climate science denial and mockery of climate action.
“All of our commentators and columnists will be encouraged to participate, and their views will not be gagged,” Miller told staff on Friday, several days after a report in the Nine newspapers claimed that News was going to end its long-standing editorial hostility. data towards carbon reduction policies. .
Miller denied Nine’s claim that conservative commentators would be expected to tone down and restate their political arguments.
Andrew Bolt of The Herald Sun, who describes global warming as a “cult of elites“And Tim Blair of the Daily Telegraph, who says the climate emergency is”fake“Apparently he will be free to continue undermining science.
Miller said the editorial campaign was like other campaigns, including the recent one on vaccination, and was not in response to outside pressures such as concern from advertisers.
“Our plans do not address any questions or concerns from advertisers,” Miller said.
“No doubt other users of social media and platforms will try to disagree with our coverage and will try to make News the story, yet we have never been afraid to push boundaries and facilitate difficult and uncomfortable conversations.
“We will strive to ensure that all opinions are heard, not just popular ones.”
Miller said it was audiences at the company’s 117 headlines that said taking care of the environment was a priority.
“They have told us that they are interested in the issues, the political and personal decisions, as well as the costs and trade-offs involved,” he said. “They also want to know more about how their choices can help make the planet a better and greener place.”
Two years ago, News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch said “I can assure you there are no climate change deniers,” after being asked at the corporation’s AGM why his company gives them “so much air time.” in Australia.
But the top-end statement did little to change the tone of editorial coverage.
An opinion piece by Professor Ian Plimer published in 2019 in The Australian was condemned as blatantly false by climate scientists.
It was later discovered that he had breached the standards of the Australian Press Council.
Titled ‘Let’s not pollute minds with carbon fears‘argued that’ there are no carbon emissions. If there were, we couldn’t see because most of the carbon is black. Such terms are deliberately misleading, as are many claims. “
Sky News Australia CEO, Paul Whittaker, told a parliamentary hearing this week that the channel’s contribution to the editorial campaign would be a documentary on net zero.
Miller said the coverage will feature “leaders in the field, as well as a wide range of perspectives.”
“I personally support a net zero target and would like to reiterate that News Corp recognizes climate change and recognizes that it is having an impact,” he said.
“I am proud of the work News Corp Australia has done over many years to protect our environment and plan for the future.”
The company is going to restart an environmental initiative from 2007, Grade 1, as part of an ongoing push to make the company carbon neutral.
The campaign will run from mid-October, before the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism