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April Fools: the best and the worst

Oh god, Bill Shorten thought it was time to bust out some zingers … Crikey journalist Sally Whyte and intern Emer McCarthy find the best and the worst of April Fools’ Day jokes.

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Grammar an early casualty as ABC cuts costs

The ABC’s Standing Committee on Spoken English is no more. Who’ll make sure ABC staff speak properly now?

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Media briefs: fool me once … AFL Media plays it straight … Ten sinks, again …

Ten shares are down once more. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a quiet night in non-ratings

A night really no different to summer viewing (it’s a an off week for official ratings). The final part of the ABC’s examination of recent Australian economic history was fine  (it had 964,000 national viewers, which was respectable). But I am uncomfortable about boasting how the economy dodged a bullet, especially when there’s one loaded […]

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Flagpole will afford politicians ‘special treatment’ on metadata

Politicians concerned about their metadata being collected will be protected inside Parliament House following complaints to the powerful intelligence committee.

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Shut yer trap, SBS staff told, as management struggles to plug leaks

The internal workings of SBS have been aired to all and sundry in the media recently — and SBS management is considering launching an investigation to hunt down the leaker.

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Media briefs: Latham faces defo action … Q&A gets cuddly … front-page fight club …

Mark Latham will have to defend his comments about mothers with depression in court. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: MKR goes on holidays

Nine’s night because Seven went to sleep, resting The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules). The Block in all its glory did OK for Nine, but without any competition at all except the ABC’s news and current affairs line up (which appeals to grey headed, balding people like myself) failed to have any real impact on the […]

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Media briefs: Anzacs on Facebook … stranger than it looks … Collingwood’s newsroom …

Just what is going on at The Guardian with sponsored content?

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: nothing stands in the way of cricket

Well, there was only one thing on TV last night and we all know what that was, don’t we? The World Cup cricket final and as expected, it dominated the night. The final had 3.155 million national viewers watching the final session (the Australian innings). 2.223 million in the metros and 932,000 in the regionals […]

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The Oz continues to digest Biz Spec, as Kohler’s end date nears

In a little over a year, Alan Kohler will have completed his four-year commitment to News Corp. He’ll hand over the reins before then, as Business Spectator is absorbed into The Australian.

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Harsh reality for networks as viewers turn off

Reality TV is cheap, but viewers are getting bored with it.

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Data retention laws will get worse, with VPNs the only winners

Australians are always moving to hide themselves from mass surveillance. That’s why security agencies won’t stop at data retention.

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Why the media breached Bayley’s suppression order

Jill Meagher’s murderer was charged with more horrific crimes after the Meagher case was concluded. But a broad-ranging suppression order tried to prevent the Victorian media from reporting on his insidious history.

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SALLY WHYTE | MEDIA | 2

Crikey 15: Stephen Mayne on the future of the media

Print is heading on an inexorable spiral to death,” says Crikey’s cheerful founder.

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Mayne: Corbett finally backs a successor at Fairfax

It can be tricky to find a suitable board replacement for yourself, but Roger Corbett has finally done it.

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Media briefs: hold the outrage … hail Fellowes … they like Mike …

Everyone joins Team Baird. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: nothing but the cricket

Seven rested The Beast last night, so instead of My Kitchen Rules eating its rivals last night, it was the second World Cup cricket semi final that devoured the opposition, setting up a big final on Sunday.  Nothing else mattered last night — Nine’s domination was complete. The coverage though from Star of India (part of the […]

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Media briefs: nice guys … Rupert loves Clarkson … Harper Lee cover unveiled …

Why is The Age quizzing Nick Stevens’ former teammates on what a great guy he is? And other media tidbits of the day.

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Digital disruptions: Amanda Gome

Few in Australian journalism combine old-media clout with digital entrepreneurial fervour in quite the same way as Amanda Gome.

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How the Western media supports terrorism

Daesh supporters post gruesome photographs on social media to spread propaganda. And the Western media have been very willing to help out with that.

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How the metadata war was won: the seven tactics of the security elite

A powerful, secretive clique within government has at last won a long battle to impose mass surveillance on Australians. Here are the key tactics that enabled their success.

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Isentia Index: detention centre review and budget speculation dominate political news

Political discussion returned to business as usual, despite the release of the damning Moss Review into the Nauru detention centre.

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Fin Review Sunday gets the boot

Financial Review Sunday is no more, with Nine axing the program for not being commercially viable. It’s just the latest in a long line of failures to make business journalism work on TV, write Myriam Robin and Glenn Dyer.

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Razer: the death of The Hoopla and the media’s self-obsession

Dear Australian media, you are not the most special unique snowflakes to have ever lived, and there is more worth reporting than what is inside your own newsroom.

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