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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 3

Why the Oz called Colleen McCullough fat and ugly in her obituary

An unnamed (and deceased) obituary writer has been handed the blame by those within the newspaper.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: back to regular programming

Australian TV viewers loved the tennis on Seven last night, and believe it or not, they loved Andy Murray who beat Thomas Berdych in a sometimes spiteful match last night. Nine’s episode of The Block wasn’t the full triple treat (that was an ugly ice cream from yesteryear from memory) because it wasn’t screened in […]

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MEDIA | 3

Media briefs: Grauniad watch … video is king … the final verdict …

What is it with The Guardian telling us what to do? And other media tidbits of the day.

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Rupert’s fix won’t help his ailing Aussie subsidiary

Dumping Peta Credlin won’t fix the problems of the Abbott government - and would simply reinforce the perception that the Abbott government is run by News Corp.

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HELEN RAZER | MEDIA | 6 UNLOCK?

Razer’s Class Warfare: a literary analysis of Rupert Murdoch’s tweets

Gawker suggests Rupert Murdoch may tweet while drunk. But Helen Razer thinks there may be a more poetic explanation …

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MEDIA | 16

Laugh and the world laughs with you — Abbott’s overseas knightmare

Freelance journalist Alan Austin takes a look at the world’s thigh-slapping reaction to Tony Abbott’s decision to knight Prince Phillip.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: sport finishes up as ratings season returns

Another big night, and what a finish to the Big Bash cricket on Ten from chilly Canberra — a win off the very last ball for Perth’s Scorchers (who looked as though they were suffering from permafrost at times), with Brett lee denied the most romantic of endings to his great career, a title for his Sydney […]

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MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Media briefs: Abbott can’t catch a break … Margaret and Graeme … how to beat the ABC …

Is anyone rooting for the Prime Minister this morning? And other media tidbits of the day.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Even My Kitchen Rules can’t save flagging TV ad revenues

On the face of it, things look peachy for some players in the free-to-air TV advertising market. There’s just one problem: there’s no growth. And even blockbuster reality TV might not be able to salvage this dead-end business.

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iSentia Index: Knighthood for Queen’s Consort drowns out everything else

It’s been a busy week for Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman, with both leaders forced to defend their decisions.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 6 UNLOCK?

Buck up, Campbell — when it comes to defamation, Australia is a litigious pollie’s dream

Politicians find it much easier to sue in Australia than in countries like the United States, United Kingdom or Canada.

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MEDIA | 8 UNLOCK?

Crikey list: politicians who have sued media outlets for defamation

For all our politicians profess a love of free speech, here are some of our elected representatives who decided to cash in on a media that might have been a little too free …

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: sport v The Block

A great night of top flight sports viewing. The Socceroos were great, as were Nick Kyrgios and Andy Murray. No doubt the greybeards and heads among the chattering and tapping commentariat will rattle on about K’s racquet-busting, but so what? He’s 19 and growing up. Australians voted with their remotes —  for the tennis. The Nick Kyrgios […]

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 25 UNLOCK?

Print graffiti? No good news for Abbott in knight-mare coverage

Who had nice things to say about Prince Philip’s knighthood? Nobody. Then the AFR politely changed the subject, but not without a swing at the “indulgent captain’s choice”.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | MEDIA | 4

Mayne: can Newman win his defamation case against Alan Jones?

Crikey’s founder draws some interesting parallels between Jeff Kennett and Campbell Newman’s defamation lawsuit.

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MEDIA | 2 UNLOCK?

Media briefs: Dateline returns … Triple J’s lady problem … Sports UnIllustrated …

Just how few women are there in the Hottest 100? And other media tidbits of the day.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine leans on old faithfuls to replace the cricket

The last week of non-ratings and like the drums in Fernando, you can hear and feel the ratings pressure mounting as Nine, Seven and Ten (and the ABC) step up their onscreen and online spruiking. But apart from the sport, there’s nothing much on the screen to hold us in front of the box in […]

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Barrett Brown: five years ‘to investigate the prison-industrial complex’

Journalist Barrett Brown, who first exposed the sinister links between the cybersecurity industry and the US government, has been sentenced to five years’ jail.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 6 UNLOCK?

In the shadow of redundancies, ABC staff set to work for a new year

Redundancy pools are painful but necessary, says the ABC’s head of people, arguing there was no other way to fairly terminate staff as the ABC ramps up for 2015.

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AGD fails to do its mass surveillance homework

The bureaucrats behind the long-running push for mass surveillance have laid bare their reasoning for data retention. Too bad they didn’t do their homework.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 3

National Indigenous Times may yet get a lifeline

The NIT was put into administration a fortnight ago. But its administrator is hopeful of a recovery and plans to release the first issue of 2015 early next week.

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MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Media briefs: Newman sues … Zanny on top … Rundle on The Sun

We’ll be hearing a lot more about Alan Jones’ dealings with Campbell Newman. And other media tidbits of the day.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the sportsfest continues

Disappointment at the tennis, joy at soccer’s Asian Cup with two goals by the 2015 sportsman of the year, Tim Cahill. It will be a huge game in Newcastle next week for the semi final against either Japan or the UAE who play their quarter final tonight. The game was watched by a total of […]

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HELEN RAZER | MEDIA | 41 UNLOCK?

Razer’s Class Warfare: tits on page 3 are not oppressing you

The “media effect” is nonsense, and page 3 girls with their baps out are not turning working-class men in Bristol into slavering rapists.

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MEDIA | 5 UNLOCK?

Media briefs: don’t trust Newman … page 3 returns? … Apocalypse Slough …

The Sun is making its nubile young ladies cover up! Or is it…? Plus more media tidbits of the day.

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