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Jason Whittaker Whittaker

The Mandarin managing editor and former Crikey editor

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Anything Goes, even Alan Jones stealing a real actor's job

Anything Goes, even Alan Jones stealing a real actor's job

Jason WhittakerSep 5, 2014

Why has Australia’s most heavily subsidised arts company, Opera Australia, cast Alan Jones in its production of Anything Goes? The company's artistic director, Lyndon Terracini, claims it's the shock jock's "wicked sense of humour". Hmmm, only one of those words accurately describes Jones...

The curious case of the homophobic soprano

Jason WhittakerJun 25, 2014

Opera Australia has sacked a performer for expressing homophobic views, but was its conduct more damaging than the actual remarks?

Essential: little concern over a Liberal bluewash

Essential: little concern over a Liberal bluewash

Jason WhittakerMar 18, 20141 Comment

Voters aren't particularly concerned about the prospect of more Liberal-led governments at COAG. Meanwhile, Essential Research finds support for Tony Abbott's government improving.

Kim's big win: $95k in Williams v Fairfax defo case

Kim's big win: $95k in Williams v Fairfax defo case

Jason WhittakerJan 29, 20143 Comments

Former News Corporation CEO Kim Williams has won his defamation case against Fairfax and has been awarded $95,000 for a front-page splash by reporter Joe Aston.

A trip to the DMZ (and a T-shirt to prove it): Korea divided on a solution

A trip to the DMZ (and a T-shirt to prove it): Korea divided on a solution

Jason WhittakerNov 15, 20138 Comments

Opinions in South Korea are sharply divided on what to do about its nuclear neighbour. Crikey visited the no-man's-land between still-warring nations to examine whether diplomacy is still an option.

'Comfort level' rises: Korean trade deal almost done

'Comfort level' rises: Korean trade deal almost done

Jason WhittakerOct 25, 20132 Comments

A free trade agreement with South Korea is close, Crikey's editor reports from Seoul. But there are still economic -- and historic -- sticking points to resolve.

A party for sport? And who are 'motoring enthusiasts'? A wacky Senate result

A party for sport? And who are 'motoring enthusiasts'? A wacky Senate result

Jason WhittakerSep 8, 201316 Comments

The Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party? The Australian Sports Party? Preliminary Senate results throw up microparties you've probably never heard of.

Rupert the 'insignificant hunchback'? Williamson on Murdoch's cabaret

Rupert the 'insignificant hunchback'? Williamson on Murdoch's cabaret

Jason WhittakerJul 16, 20139 Comments

Australia's most celebrated playwright has written a new work on the life of the country's most famous son. David Williamson talks to Crikey about capturing the media mogul for the stage.

The great media airlift: sports bodies fly in journos for coverage

The great media airlift: sports bodies fly in journos for coverage

Jason WhittakerMay 30, 20133 Comments

The V8 Supercar racing series flew journalists to America to cover an event. It's not the first time they've done it, and other sports like the AFL are also putting journalists on planes to maximise coverage.

<em>Wires and Lights</em>: it's <em>Crikey</em> on TV

Wires and Lights: it's Crikey on TV

Jason WhittakerApr 3, 2013

Our new square-eyed bloggers watch too much television -- so you don't have to. New Crikey blog Wires and Lights tells you what you should be watching -- not what the networks want you to watch.