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Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood has fired off an email to staff at the media company accusing rivals News Corp of  spreading “lies” about the company, having “deep seated cultural problems” and being “at war with itself over it future”.
The email, sent this afternoon to staff, comes after a series of pieces in News’ The Australian in recent weeks attacking Fairfax, with editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell last week accusing Fairfax of “misleading advertisers” over their readership at the Mumbrella360 conference.
News Corp’s co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch also took aim at “competitors” at the conference saying they had “talked down” print, an accusation Hywood angrily denies in today’s email.
Accusing News of  “a litany of bizarre commentary” and saying senior executives there had “indulged in a series of speculative lies about Fairfax Media”, Hywood levels a series of claims including:
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