Kevin Rudd attacks Murdoch as News Corp Australia boss quits
SYDNEY (AFP) - Prime Minister Kevin Rudd escalated a bitter war of words with Rupert Murdoch on Friday as the head of the media mogul's Australia arm quit in a shock move during a national election campaign.
Mr Rudd, facing an uphill battle to win September 7 polls against the Tony Abbott-led conservative opposition, has become a target of the Murdoch media and he accused the powerful tycoon of an orchestrated plan to get rid of him.
"Fact number one is Mr Murdoch has said in black and white that he wants Mr Abbott to be prime minister of Australia, (and) no one disputes he controls 70 per cent of newspapers,"
Mr Rudd told reporters in reaction to the surprise announcement that News Corp Australia chief Mr Kim Williams had quit.