Williams defends media coverage
Former News Corp chief executive Kim Williams talks about News' election coverage, about being "grin f**ked" and why Australia is the "land of the glass jaw".PT2M47S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2tkch 620 349 September 11, 2013
Former News Corp Australia chief executive Kim Williams has brushed off accusations of election campaign political bias from the company's news outlets during a speech in Brisbane on Wednesday.
In his first public appearance since resigning as the company's chief executive in August, Mr Williams told a Queensland University of Technology business leaders' forum at the Brisbane Hilton he did not regard coverage from the company's tabloid media as different from that of other other election campaigns.
"Campaign journalism in elections has been a periodic and regular phenomenon in Australian media and print media and I see nothing (different) in the last election," he said.
Former News Corporation Australia chief executive Kim Williams speaks with Kerry O'Brien at a QUT business leaders' function. Photo: Kim Stephens
"There may have been a greater degree of energy but whatever commercial rewards will be the response of consumers."
Asked by forum moderator and ABC Four Corners host Kerry O'Brien what his personal opinion of the coverage was, Mr Williams said: "I'll keep that in the personal inbox."
"I think if you had felt comfortable entirely you probably would have said something," O'Brien said.
"But I won't push you any further."
Mr Williams also expressed his admiration for his former boss and News Corp chief executive Rupert Murdoch as a leader at the forum.