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Ailes and Murdoch’s sons have reportedly clashed in the past.“It has always been our priority to ensure stable, long-term leadership for the Company, and these appointments achieve that goal,” Murdoch said in a statement Tuesday.
“Lachlan and James are each talented and accomplished executives and together, we, as shareholders and partners, will strive to take our company to new levels of growth and opportunity at a time of dynamic change in our industry.”Shortly after news of the leadership change leaked, Ailes -- in what was apparently a rogue move -- announced that he would continue to report to Rupert.
According to New York magazine, Ailes even directed the Fox Business network to read the announcement on air.
The ABC announced the surprise move this morning, with the 20-year veteran of the broadcaster being touted by many as a potential replacement for managing director Mark Scott, who is set to step down next year.
Torney said: “For 20 years I have had the great pleasure of working with the industry’s best and brightest — smart, creative and passionate people who are deeply committed to serving audiences and determined to uphold the journalistic excellence which underpins the ABC’s reputation as the nation’s most trusted news and current affairs service.
“Barely a day has passed where I haven’t recognised what a privilege it is to work in journalism and how proud I am to work at the ABC.“To Mark Scott, thank you for the support you have offered me over the past six years and for the leadership and vision you have brought to the ABC.It has been an honour to work alongside you.” ABC head of newsgathering Craig Mc Murtrie will be acting director of News when Torney leaves until the position is filled permanently when Torney departs in September.“We are very sorry to see Kate leave the ABC,” said James Spigelman, chairman of the ABC. She has been a strong leader of the News Division and on her watch she has transformed the services on offer to Australians everywhere.“As a former chair of the National Library, I am confident that she will make an outstanding contribution to the public services delivered by Australia’s library community.” Torney was one of Australia’s most senior female news executives leading a division with more than 1,400 staff having led the news division at ABC for the last six years.In a statement Mark Scott said that Torney “has been a passionate and inspiring leader of the News division in a time of remarkable change”.