The Chief Executive of News Corporation, Robert Thomson, delivered the 2019 Keith Murdoch Oration at State Library Victoria on Tuesday 16 April.

Robert Thomson gives the Keith Murdoch Oration
Robert Thomson gives the Keith Murdoch Oration

The Australian-born, US-based chief executive of global media powerhouse News Corporation delivered an oration titled Truth, Trust and Tech at State Library Victoria’s major biennial fundraising event.

Born in Torrumbarry, near Echuca, Mr Thomson began his career in 1979 as a copyboy at The Herald in Melbourne, before working at The Sydney Morning Herald, the Financial Times, The Times of London, and The Wall Street Journal. A published author, he assumed his current role as chief executive of News Corporation in 2013.

The Keith Murdoch Oration was established in 2001 to honour the life and work of Sir Keith Murdoch and the contribution he and his family have made to State Library Victoria. The oration raises funds to support the ongoing work of the Library.

Since 2001, the Keith Murdoch Oration has been delivered by:

  • Rupert Murdoch (inaugural oration)
  • Nobel Prize-winning Laureate Professor Peter Doherty
  • Olympic sportsman and politician Lord Sebastian Coe
  • Humanitarian and co-founder of the Oaktree Foundation and Global Poverty Project, Hugh Evans
  • Former Prime Minister, the Honourable Paul Keating
  • Co-Chairman of News Corp, Lachlan Murdoch
  • Founder of the Cape York Partnership and Co-Chair of Good to Great Schools Australia Noel Pearson

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