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JOURNALISM | 21 UNLOCK?

‘It’s very dire’: ABC budget cuts shaping up to be far worse than expected

Cuts to the ABC budget first flagged in May are shaping up to be far larger than expected, with insiders describing the situation as “very dire”.

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How long can News Corp keep up the juggling act?

News Corp has been able to shelter its financial health thanks to some wily tax planning, but if the company is finally compelled to swing the axe, Amplify will be the first to go. Glenn Dyer and Paddy Manning report.

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DAVID SALTER | JOURNALISM | 6

Vindictive, self-serving tosh: the Oz v the Press Council a phoney war

They sky is not falling, and the Australian media world will continue to turn despite News Corp picking a fight with the Press Council.

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PATRICK BAUME | JOURNALISM | 1 UNLOCK?

iSentia index: the Miley, Clive and Abbott show

The twerk team assembled this week, as media focus turned back home after weeks of foreign news.

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IS got you down? Worried about the future of media? Ask Sam de Brito!

Want to know what to think about the rise of the Islamic State? Should America withdraw from the policy spheres of other nations, or will that give rise to more brutality? Ask Sam de Brito, Fairfax’s everyman, who will give you the answers you need, with the sex advice you don’t.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 3 UNLOCK?

The Oz’s attacks on the Press Council put media freedom at risk

The Australian’s editorials have mused about leaving the Press Council, but News Corp can’t officially do so without four years’ notice. It could, however, gut the watchdog by undermining its authority. And that may well be the strategy …

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‘This is our community’: inside the real Lakemba that Blair ignored

Freelance writer Kavita Bedford retraces Tele writer Tim Blair’s steps in the western suburb of Lakemba and wonders: how much did Blair really learn while inside his hotel room for one night?

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Press Council chair recuses himself from News Corp adjudications

Press Council chair Julian Disney will no longer adjudicate complaints involving News Corp, after a campaign against him.

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GLENN DYER | JOURNALISM | 6 UNLOCK?

Are News’ Australian newspapers really doing better than last year?

News Corp executives have continually dismissed Crikey’s explosive revelation that things were not so peachy in 2012-13 with the assertion that 2013-14 was the year it all turned around. But a look through this year’s report suggests that might not be so …

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | UNLOCK?

Star Observer‘s cost woes worsen as journalist claims underpayment

A journalist at Australia’s oldest gay publication has claimed he was underpaid for his work, but the Star Observer says he was a contractor.

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JOURNALISM | 26

Chris Kenny, barista? How The Australian can become profitable

A business that’s losing money should cut costs, cut wages, make hard choices and let the market decide, right? Let’s see The Australian practise what it preaches, writes a senior economics commentator.

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Crikey owner Private Media and News Corp reach legal agreement

Crikey owner Private Media and News Corp have reached a legal agreement that prevents Crikey from hosting or further distributing the News Corporation Australia Weekly Operating Statement for the week ended 30 June 2013.

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PADDY MANNING | JOURNALISM | 5 UNLOCK?

Now we know News’ losses — how do they compare with Fairfax’s?

Fairfax has always been more transparent about reporting its profits and losses on a granular level. Now we finally have the same information for News Corp. And guess which company comes out on top …

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MARGOT SAVILLE | JOURNALISM | 6 UNLOCK?

Crikey’s intrepid reporter meets the News Corp CEO

Julian Clarke had “a very interesting day” yesterday — and today was gracious enough to speak to a Crikey reporter without throwing anything.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 9 UNLOCK?

News Corp sends in the lawyers as its CEO tells his staff there’s nothing to see here

News Corp has warned rival media outlets against reporting on the News Corp financial documents leaked by Crikey yesterday.

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DAVID SALTER | JOURNALISM | 1 UNLOCK?

Recycled rhetoric: Mark Scott echoes the ghosts of ABC’s past

You know what they say: The more things change, the more the ABC commits to dodgy, recycled restructures doomed to failure.

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PATRICK BAUME | JOURNALISM | UNLOCK?

iSentia Index: offhand comments dog the big men of parliament

Another shocker of a week for the federal and NSW state governments, with ill-thought-out statements and ICAC raising the ire of the public.

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One year on, Eureka Report was no golden goose for News Corp

News Corp paid a cool $30 million for Alan Kohler’s business websites in 2012. But with Business Spectator and Eureka Report costing money, did News overpay?

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JOURNALISM | 5 UNLOCK?

How The Australian was protected from the cuts

Secret documents reveal News Corp is bleeding money, with The Australian in the worst shape. But Rupert’s favourite plaything seems to have been inoculated against the staff and budget cuts that hit the company’s other assets. Paddy Manning and Myriam Robin report.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | UNLOCK?

News Corp cut one in eight newspaper jobs in 2012-13

While Fairfax has been slammed for its vast number of journalist redundancies, News Corp has kept the scale of its bloodletting under wraps. But Crikey can exclusively reveal the extent of the cuts is just as severe as at Fairfax.

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PADDY MANNING | JOURNALISM | 33 UNLOCK?

Exclusive docs show News’ Australian papers dragging down the empire

Leaked documents show a forest of brackets in News Corp’s Australian newspapers, with The Australian particularly in the red. How long can the house that Rupert built sustain such body blows?

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Tim Blair journeys to western Sydney, finds Muslims, freaks out

Remember “fair go for the west”? It’s all very well and good in theory, but when Tele columnist Tim Blair makes a sojourn (to his own city) he brings his Islamophobia with him, writes Overland editor Jeff Sparrow

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Star Observer turns to crowdfunding as legal costs threaten its future

A series of legal settlements and threats have pushed Australia’s oldest gay newspaper to the brink.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 2

Then and now: The Australian’s changing tune on the Press Council

The Australian could never really be described as a fan of the Australian Press Council. But it has, in the past, been far more complimentary.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 2

Finding tomorrow’s river of gold: Fairfax ties its future to property

Property and asset sales have led a Fairfax recovery, but it’s more precarious than it looks.

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