James Murdoch blasts dad Rupert’s firm over climate ‘denial’

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MARCH 11: Lachlan Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch and James Murdoch attend The Television Academy’s 23rd Hall Of Fame Induction Gala at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on March 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. Jason Kempin/Getty Images/AFP

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – Rupert Murdoch’s younger son James has called out his father’s media empire for “denial” of climate change, calling it a disappointment in light of wildfires in Australia, a report said Tuesday.

The Daily Beast reported that James Murdoch and his activist wife Kathryn had harsh words for his family’s company, which operates US-based Fox News as well as newspapers in the US, Britain and Rupert Murdoch’s native Australia through its News Corp.

“Kathryn and James’ views on climate are well established and their frustration with some of the News Corp and Fox coverage of the topic is also well known,” the report quoted a spokesperson for the couple as saying.

“They are particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary.”

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 20: CEO of 21st Century Fox James Murdoch and Kathryn Hufschmid attend the New York City premiere of National Geographic Documentary Films’ “Free Solo” at Jazz at Lincoln Center on September 20, 2018 in New York City. Free Solo will be in theaters starting September 28th. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for National Geographic/AFP

James Murdoch has largely disengaged from the media empire built by his father, which began with a newspaper group in Australia.

He has launched his own private holding company called Lupa Systems, which among other things has taken a stake in Vice Media.

The family rebuke comes amid raging bushfires in Australia that have killed at least 27 people, destroyed more than 2,000 homes and burned 10 million hectares (100,000 square kilometres) of land — an area larger than South Korea or Portugal.

The Murdoch family’s News Corp Australia publishes eight of the top 10 newspapers in the country and operates the 24-hour multi-platform Sky News Australia.

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