Dr Mumbo

An open letter to Rupert Murdoch from a News Corp journalist’s car

RupertRegular readers of The Australian won’t fail to have noticed Australia’s best national broadsheet is celebrating its 50th anniversary tomorrow, and to kick off festivities its founder, and News Corp boss, Rupert Murdoch is in town.

There’s a big bash tomorrow night which will see VIPs from the Prime Minister down gather to celebrate the colourful life of the national broadsheet.

However, Dr Mumbo’s spies tell him that not everyone at News is celebrating…

Indeed one brave journalist has even gone as far as penning an open letter to Rupert demanding improved salary conditions and then posting that in the windscreen of their car which as of 7.30am today was parked at the entrance of the company’s News Corp headquarters. 

The letter cites Murdoch’s decades long commitment to journalism before going on to complain about “your managers are insisting on imposing a pay cut in real terms and that we give up various allowances and conditions.”

newsIn the rear windscreen there was another letter from the ageing car itself which reads: “Yes I know! I should be retired. But my owner is a journalist at News Corp. They want to cut his pay in real terms and slash his conditions. So he can’t afford to replace me, and I have to work until I drop. Liberty.”

There were also posters in the car from the union that represents journalists the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, although Dr Mumbo’s sources say the protest was not authorised by them.

Dr Mumbo assumes the aim of the person behind the stunt was to get the personal attention of the 83-year-old media mogul…

A spokesman for News declined to comment on the contents of the letter, which included a list of some of the company’s large recent outlays and profits.



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