A campaign from Rupert Murdoch’s Australian offshoot News Corp (NWSA.O) to urge the country to take hefty measures to tackle climate change was inspired by local editors, at an United Nations climate summit, the company’s global CEO said Friday.

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The concept that Rupert Murdoch influences Australian elections is a “myth” and a far cry from the conduct of the “real Rupert” the media mogul’s global chief, Robert Thomson, told the Senate investigate.

‘Glasgow’s a time to concentrate minds and thinking, and that’s what our local editors have done in Australia, not dictated by me or anyone else,’ s what our local editors in Australia have been doing at this time, not dictated by me or anybody else,’ Thomson said, via videolink from New York, with reference to the summit, which starts on October 31.

Thomson said the first he heard of the Australian firm’s Mission Zero campaign was by reading it in the Nine newspapers and it was not quite true.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison had postponed a decision on whether he would come to Glasgow from October 15, just days after the launch of the campaign in the press from News Corp

News Corp’s Australian editors were said to have “collectively” made the decision to campaign on the issue, and Thomson denied suggestions by the committee that Rupert Murdoch likes to select winners in Australian elections, but suggested that this would have been a “backflip” in editorial guidelines.

After some News Corporation and Fox News owners of Murdoch-controlled Fox Corp (FOXA.O) questioned the role of global warming in Australia’s 2019 and 2020 bushfires, Murdoch’s son James stepped down from News Corp’s board citing editorial misgivings.

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Thomson denied that the company’s recent advance towards a net zero was the result of a need to appease advertisers.

News Corp

News Corporation, stylized as News Corp, is an American media and publishing company operating across digital real estate information, news media, book publishing, and cable television. (wikipedia)

News Corporation

The original incarnation of News Corporation was an American multinational mass media corporation operated and owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch and headquartered in New York City. (wikipedia)

Rupert Murdoch

Keith Rupert Murdoch is an Australian-American billionaire businessman, media tycoon, and investor. Through his company News Corp, he is the owner of hundreds of local, national, (wikipedia)