Murdoch’s mum: Rupert thinks The Australian makes up for everything else

Rupert Murdoch believes that his founding and ongoing support for The Australian newspaper means that he should be forgiven for excesses of his other publications, his mother says in an interview today.

Profiled in the Weekend Australian Magazine in an interview to mark her forthcoming 100th birthday, Dame Elizabeth Murdoch admits the she disliked his purchase of the British Sunday tabloid , the News of the World. She says:

“I didn’t like the News of the World when he bought it, I thought it was too intrusive on people’s privacy. He said something like ‘Mum, you don’t realise that so many people have so little in their lives that they like this sort of journalism.’ Well, that is a matter of opinion, I don’t know. But him establishing The Australian put that right for me. I am very proud of The Australian and I think he is very proud of it, too. I think he probably feels he may be forgiven for the others.”

Murdoch, whose News Ltd properties in Australia also include The Daily Telegraph in Sydney, Courier Mail in Brisbane, Herald Sun in Melbourne and Sunday Times in Perth, founded The Australian in 1964. Dame Elizabeth celebrates her centenary on February 8.


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