Rudd NBN Foxtel Spin Flawed Abbott & Telstra Boss Claim
He made the denial to rebut a suggestion by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd that Abbott may had had such discussions, with Murdoch said to be concerned that the NBN could pose a threat to Foxtel, owned 50:50 by News Corp. and Telstra.
Rudd made the suggestion on ABC TV’s 7.30 Report. “I would like to hear some answers as to what discussions Mr Abbott may have had with Mr Murdoch on the future of Australia’s National Broadband Network,” the PM told presenter Leigh Sales.
Rudd also pointed out the Opposition’s broadband policy was launched by Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull at Fox Studios in Sydney.
Abbott said the PM was being thin-skinned. “Senior politicians have to accept that sometimes media outlets will back them and sometimes they won’t,” he said, pointing out that Murdoch had backed Rudd in the 2007 election.
Telstra CEO David Thodey also joined the stoush, claiming the NBN will help, not harm, the prospects for Foxtel.