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Media briefs: Cosgrove MIA … SBS thinking … Gratts goes West …

Mistaken identity at APNThe Sydney Morning Herald’s business reporter Colin Kruger — and his Fairfax online colleagues — had a tough afternoon yesterday. When it was announced that troubled media group APN had appointed a new chairman named Peter Cosgrove, Kruges assumed it was army hero Peter Cosgrove and wrote up the yarn. The piece hit the interwebs replete with a photo of Cosgrove in East Timor:

Alas, as the APN website makes clear, Peter M Cosgrove’s background is in outdoor advertising — not defence. A correction was then issued. Shame the subs didn’t cast a closer eye over it:

TV for ‘thinking 30-somethings’. SBS is promising “bold, provocative” programming for a younger-skewing audience on its secondary digital channel from April. The broadcaster will relaunch SBS2 as a place for the “thinking 30-something”, targeting the 16-39 demographic. And it will cater for what 30-somethings (and everyone else) are increasingly doing: binge watching multiple episodes. Its press release states:

SBS2 will be a new home for the ‘thinking 30 somethings’ and a place to share their passion for emerging cultural ideas and experiences with diverse content from around the world that is edgy, adventurous and fun, and connects audiences with the world.

The channel will offer viewers free-to-air and Australian premiere content including the channel’s first commissioned program; dedicated sport programming and — in a first in Australian broadcasting — a flexible approach to content delivery with the launch of Back 2 Back episode viewing via SBS On Demand.”

Gratts in the West. Crikey pointed out previously that Fairfax’s metro sites have taken to republishing Michelle Grattan’s pieces from The Conversation. They’re free to do so — as are all outlets — because The Convo’s copy is made available free of charge under a creative commons licence. Kerry Stokes’ The Weekend West went a step further on Saturday by giving Grattan’s Friday column a full page in its opinions section and spruiking her as a “new columnist”.

Front page of the day. Fleet Street would be proud of the South African press’ efforts in covering the Oscar Pistorius murder case. Front page splashes each day, including this one today from Kimberley-based paper DFA:

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    paddy
    Posted Wednesday, 20 February 2013 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    There’s a further hoot to the SMH’s Cosgrove stuff up. According to AFR’s Neil Chenoweth on twitter, they also promoted him (Chenoweth) to CEO of APN.

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