News Corp accidentally published ads bagging its own publications. That and other media tidbits.
News Corp panics over GetUp ad. A senior News Corporation spin doctor has rushed to pull Get-Up’s anti-News Corp ad from its websites after an embarrassing keyword snafu saw the ad sledging the company running alongside its own content. The mobile versions of News websites The Daily Telegraph, the Herald Sun,The Courier-Mail and News.com.au have all displayed the ad, which slams the tabloids for running Liberal Party propaganda during the election campaign.
A private and “URGENT” email sent by News Corporation head of corporate affairs Stephen Browning this evening, obtained by Crikey, pleads with Holt Street executives to remove the “anti-News ads” “VASAP” from the site. “We are running the GetUp anti-News ads — can we pull them VASAP?,” Browning writes. Browning includes a link to a Sydney Morning Herald online story reporting the stuff-up.
Crikey revealed on Tuesday that the ad — titled “Thanks Rupert Murdoch, but Australians can choose their own government” — had been rejected for broadcast by channels Seven, Nine and Ten, despite it being approved for broadcast by Free TV Australia’s Commercial Advice Unit. It brands News’ offerings as “misleading crap” and features an actor scooping up his dog’s shit with a copy of The Courier-Mail containing the now infamous headline “Does this guy ever shut-up?” next to a photo of Kevin Rudd. “Don’t let the crap decide your vote,” the ad urges. — Andrew Crook
Vale Elisabeth Wynhausen. Veteran journalist Elisabeth Wynhausen, formerly of The National Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, and most recently The Australian, died overnight in Sydney aged 67. Wynhausen’s journalism was marked by an interest in social justice — topics included the underclass, sex slavery and indigenous affairs — but also a playful sense of humour. Her books included Dirt Cheap, an account of a year living on the minimum wage, and The Short Goodbye (about workers, including herself, who lost their jobsduring the global financial crisis). Friends and admirers have created a website with a selection of some of her best work.
Election night TV options. Here’s a guide for election night channel surfers. The ABC broadcast will be hosted, for the final time, by veteran Kerry O’Brien who will be accompanied by Tony Jones, Annabel Crabb and psephologist Antony Green. Stephen Smith will give the ALP view while Arthur Sinodinos speaks for the Coalition. Leigh Sales is taking the night off after missing out on the hosting gig. Channel Nine’s coverage will be led by Today duo Karl Stefanvoic and Lisa Wilkinson, accompanied by legendary political editor Lauie Oakes. Peter Costello and Amanda Vanstone will give analysis, as will Simon Crean and former Rudd press sec Lachlan Harris. Chris Bath, Melissa Doyle and Matt White will front Seven’s coverage. Political editor Mark Riley will be there; so will Paul Howes and Jeff Kennett. Sky News’ David Speers will be joined by Bob Hawke, Graham Richardson, Labor’s Tony Burke and the Libs’ George Brandis. Channel Ten’s coverage will be led by The Project team while presenter Kathy Novak and political correspondent Karn Middleton will fly the flag at SBS.
SMH bids farewall to print editor. Sydney Morning Herald editor-in-chief Darren Goodsir gathered his staff yesterday afternoon to announce that Herald veteran and weekday print editor Richard Woolveridge was leaving the paper. A replacement has not been announced for Woolveridge, who formerly edited the SMH website.
Headline of the day. The Daily Telegraph wins the prize today for this effort on a story about Australian cricketer Fawad Ahmed declining to wear the VB logo on his uniform.