Activists group launch online petition based on concerns about Rupert Murdoch’s climate science denial
By Bob Berwyn
Concerned that National Geographic’s coverage of climate change could be politically tainted under the majority ownership of 21st Century Fox, activist groups have called on the magazine to appoint a public editor.
The ownership change was announced early September by National Geographic in a press release, which characterized the deal as an agreement to expand an 18-year partnership that will increase the National Geographic Society’s endowment to nearly $1 billion. Under the agreement, the new entity will be owned 73 percent by 21st Century Fox and 27 percent by The National Geographic Society.
National Geographic Society chief communications officer Betty Hudson said the concerns may be unfounded, and that National Geographic and its readers have enjoyed the benefits of the partnership with 21st Century Fox for nearly two decades.
“We think our 127 year track record speaks for itself, and find it kind of ironic that our all-climate change issue is being published the week they put forward this petition,” Hudson said via email. “We’re very comfortable with the robust governance guidelines the (joint venture) has in place, and would repeat our shared belief that the essence of the value of the enterprise is ultimately connected to our brand integrity,” she said. Continue reading
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