Letter: Anzac Day games

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Anzac Day games

Sir: Your article "Anzacs declare war on the Dirty Digger" (25 April) contains inaccuracies about News Corporation and our associated companies, Super League and Fox Studios Australia.

Your correspondent describes the Anzac Day Super League Test as an "Anzac Test". Neither the Returned Services League nor Super League attempted to glorify footballers by comparing them to soldiers. The match took place in the evening, well after the Cenotaph memorial services.

For some 30 years Anzac Day has been less a day of solemnity than one of commemoration. Football matches of all codes, race meetings and other games now feature prominently.

Your correspondent also misrepresents the action before the Supreme Court of New South Wales. This issue is between the Save the Showground for Sydney group and the NSW government. Neither Fox Studios Australia nor News Corporation is a party.

The Royal Show decided in 1988 that it would leave the site at Moore Park. The NSW government's agreement to proceed with negotiations with Fox to develop studio facilities on the site began six years later. Far from destroying the heritage of the site, the Fox Studios complex will preserve most of the existing structures.


Director, Corporate Affairs

News Limited, Surry Hills,

New South Wales, Australia