Who is Julian Clarke?

New News Corp Australia CEO Julian Clarke


Julian Clarke’s return from retirement to lead News Corp Australia took many by surprise. Here’s a guide to the new CEO of  the organisation.

1. He testified in court in 2010 during the sacked Herald Sun editor Bruce Guthrie’s trial.

In 2010, Clarke spent more than two hours on the stand as a witness for News Limited when former editor Bruce Guthrie successfully sued for wrongful dismissal. In his testimony, Clarke said Guthrie had argued with Andrew Bolt a month into his editorship and acted rudely. He also said Guthrie had wrongfully criticised advertising director Fiona Mellor and called her unprofessional in what Clarke stated was “far beyond anything I have known to have happened on the editorial floor”.

2. He actually formally retired in 2007.

After 16 years at the helm as managing director of the Herald and Weekly Times, he formally retired in November 2007. He was farewelled at a lavish evening at the National Gallery of Victoria which was attended by the Murdoch family, including the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch. Much of the publicity commended his leadership and said Rupert Murdoch’s attendance was a testament to Clarke’s career with News Limited.

3. He started as a newspaper boy at Standard Newspapers more than half a century ago.

His media career started in 1960 at Standard Newspapers.

4.  He was honoured by his secondary school, Melbourne’s Brighton Grammar School, in a 2011 ceremony.

Clarke was inducted into Brighton Grammar School’s ‘Hall of Fame’ as an “Old Boy” in 2011. Clarke received the award from the school council chairman, Ian Paroissien. The school proudly acknowledged that Clarke attended his Standard Newspapers interview in 1960 in his Brighton uniform.

5. He is a past board member of The Royal Children’s Hospital, past chairman of The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation and a current trustee of the Arts Centre Melbourne.

During his retirement, he has contributed to the above organisations. He departed as the chairman of The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation in July last year.

Courtney Robinson


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