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Veteran radio host Alan Jones turned down Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch’s invitation to his exclusive Christmas party because he had a very important prior engagement: dinner with a former prime minister.
Jones, 80, was invited to attend the sparkling party alongside high rollers from entertainment, politics, media, business and sports at the News Corp co-chairman’s mansion in upscale Bellevue Hill in Sydney on Thursday.
But the former Sky News Australia host was a notable absence from the party, despite being invited, despite the fact that his television show had been dropped by the News Corp-owned channel.
Jones had previously attacked Sky for “canceling” it.
However, on Friday, at a media event that revealed that he will start a digital television show starting next week, Jones insisted that his diary was simply full.
“That is one of the values that Australians must respect,” he told Daily Mail Australia at the launch of his new social media-based show, Alan Jones Direct To The People. ‘If you have a commitment, you must fulfill it.
‘I had an engagement to have dinner with a former prime minister last night, so I made that engagement.
I explained it to Lachlan. It was not as reported, there were no belligerent projections. I have nothing negative to say about Sky News. I enjoyed my time there. ‘
Murdoch’s Soiree is the annual end-of-the-year gathering for friends from the world of News Corp in Australia and its biggest stars.
Radio star Home and Away and Nova Kate Ritchie
Radio star Home and Away and Nova Kate Ritchie, Qantas boss Alan Joyce, Atlassian founder and billionaire Scott Farquhar topped the prestigious guest list.
Also in attendance were some of the biggest names in Australian media, including Sky boss Paul Whittaker, Sky News stars Peter Stefanovic, Chris Kenny, Paul Murray and Sharri Markson, and News Corp top executives Siobhan McKenna. and Michael Miller.
One of the big talking points for the guests would have been the shocking news of the day of a proposed royal commission-style investigation into media diversity in Australia.
The influence of the Murdoch empire is firmly in the crosshairs of a year-long Senate investigation into media diversity, led by Green Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young.
The Green and Labor senators recommended a judicial inquiry with the powers of a royal commission on media diversity, ownership and regulation.
New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard took an intense year-long break from dealing with Covid and was another heavy hitter at the party, arriving with his wife Nicole.
Former NRL and FFA chief David Gallop and rugby and racing league administrator Peter V’landys were also on the guest list.
Nova radio hosts Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli and Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald were in attendance with their partners for drinks on a rainy December night. Nova is owned by Lachlan Murdoch’s private investment company.
Local Liberal MP Dave Sharma also attended with his wife, Rachel Lord.
But there was no sign of two top Liberal Party figures, Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg, who controversially used the prime minister’s private jet to fly from Canberra to Sydney for the evening last year.
Nova radio host Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald was present with his partner for drinks on a rainy December night.
Dress wise, it was a mixed bag, some opting for serious business attire, some very casual, and some in between.
Farquhar didn’t feel the need to impress and went ultra-casual in jeans and a crew neck sweater over a T-shirt.
Fitzy’s wife, Lisa, 39, opted for an elegant embroidered black dress with puff sleeves, which she paired with a $ 3,100 white Bottega Veneta bag.
Ritchie opted for a sophisticated black dress and added a touch of luxury with a Chanel bag and matching espadrille heels.
They were followed by Peter Stefanovic of Sky News, who was wearing a white shirt with jeans and his black jacket.
Joining him was his First Edition co-host Laura Jayes, who wowed in a festive red dress with a plunging neckline.
Alan Jones Quick and Facts
- Newscorp co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch and wife Sarah hosted their annual Christmas party on Thursday
- It was attended by Newscorp friends and stars Down Under at the power couple’s Bellevue Hill mansion
- But high profile veteran radio host Alan Jones was a notable no-show, despite having been invited
- He told Daily Mail Australia on Friday that he had a prior engagement of dinner ‘with a former PM’