Oz exclusive watch (just kidding, Chris). It’s Monday, and that means it’s media day at The Australian and the Australian Financial Review. The Oz has a new media editor, after former editor Nick Leys turned ABC spinner. The section, now under Sharri Markson, has scored not one but two exclusive interviews with News Corp chiefs this week (one with Oz editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell and another with News Corp chief executive Julian Clarke). In this sense, Markson’s wholly outdone The Fin, whose media section can boast only one interview with a Fairfax executive (chief Greg Hywood on scrapping cross-media ownership laws).
The video interview with Mitchell is worth watching (even if the questions are predictably soft). “Much of the driver for us is exclusive news. I’m regularly criticised on Crikey for the number of red exclusives, but they are quite important to driving digital subscriptions,” Mitchell told Markson. She then revealed the Oz managed to more than double its digital subscriptions the day it broke the ABC salary yarn. Mitchell described it as “our most successful day apart from the day we launched the paywall”.
Speaking to your own boss is hardly brilliant journalism, but when those bosses control much of the media in the country, at least it’s relevant. Which is why we were surprised a revelation that Labor MP Tony Burke is now in a relationship with former chief of staff Skye Laris not only led Media Diary, it got promoted on the front page of the Oz, too. The only tenuous connection to media: Laris used to work in former South Australian premier Mike Rann’s media unit. — Myriam Robin
Boy wonder. Italy has a new Prime Minister — 39-year-old former Florence mayor Matteo Renzi. Public opinion on Italy’s youngest-ever PM is divided, if the local media is anything to go by. State-owned broadcaster RaiNewsand Turin-based newspaper La Stampa are reporting that most people are happy with the result of the elections (with the latter calling him “enthusiastic, funny and ambitious”), while Left-leaning websites Libero Quotidiano and L’Infiltrato are less complimentary. Libero Quotidiano has highlighted the fact that Renzi got the top job without doing time as a member of Parliament first, and L’Infiltrato accuses Renzi of being supported by powerful (and rich) people who want to get rid of the Left wing of politics. — Luca Zuccaro