Schembri watch … mapping media … Apple’s story …
Ramadge won’t comment on Crikey. As the week draws to end it’s time to update Crikey readers on the fate of former Age film critic Jim Schembri. On Wednesday, fearless ABC broadcaster Jon Faine decided to grill Age editor Paul Ramadge on the “interesting little tiff” which saw Schembri “resign” from his prized gig after 28 years at the paper.
“Jim was a long standing employee at The Age, he had a distinctive and treasured voice in many ways over many years. But, after discussions Jim has decided…he resigned…and he’s moving into different areas,” Ramadge explained. Faine pressed: ”C’mon tell us what really happened.” Ramadge: “Well that’s what happened” Faine: “It’s been widely re-reported, don’t you want to acknowledge the background to this?”
Ramadge explained he didn’t want to talk to “public” about personal matters. The tenacious Faine wasn’t taking no for an answer: ”Was he pressured to resign after a dispute … he was upset over something written about him on a blog and purported as I understand it … I’m relying on Crikey here which is not always something that should be done … he was threatening people with some litigation and claimed to have the support of his bosses, you in particular in making those threats …”
Ramadge protested that because the story originated in “Crikey, which sometimes can be rumour and innuendo”, he couldn’t possibly comment. Ramadge then said he had given Schembri a farewell, which is strange given that, as Crikey reported last week, Schembri had officially declined that offer, according to an internal email sent by Ramadge. — Andrew Crook
Media map: what America is reading. In Montana, Texas and Mississippi they love Republican flag-waver Fox News. In Hawaii, Idaho, North Dakota and Iowa it’s liberal-leaning MSNBC. And The New York Times’ influence seems confirmed only to the north-east corner of the United States …
Forbes and Bitly have released an interactive map of the most influential media in the US, measuring the most widely-read news sources and stories by state. As Forbes’ Jon Bruner writes:
“Bitly’s research reveals some obvious interest in local issues — a Forbes story about Wisconsin’s pensions was widely read in Wisconsin and an Onion article about President Obama was popular in Washington, D.C. — and it confirms some dearly-held stereotypes about media consumption: NPR is popular in Oregon and Minnesota; Fox News is popular in Mississippi.
“But the same data points to a sharp division between fully national news publishers that are widely read across the country, like The New York Times, and the largest regional papers — some of which, like The Washington Post, have national aspirations that they’ve had trouble realizing. The latter remain sharply contained to their traditional markets.”
Can we have an Australian map please?
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