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Media briefs: vale Aust Network … Bruce of Bondi … SBS chases ratings …

At midnight on Saturday, the ABC’s Australia Network will switch off. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Doubts over 3AW’s world exclusive with Islamic State commander

It’s unlikely a man interviewed on 3AW claiming to be Islamic State’s military commander Omar Shishani is the Chechen jihadi leader.

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Tips and rumours

Rinehart sweats on $500 million repayment … holidays now science-free … when is a cigar not a cigar?

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Tips and rumours

A real estate media stoush … The boss who killed Christmas … 3AW stand in gets punk’d

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Media briefs: Rudd gaga on AW … Crusher everywhere … Fox pundit defiant …

Kevin Rudd goes radio gaga on 3AW … how the front pages covered Barack Obama’s victory … a glum night for the pundits at Fox News …

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Sacked for high ratings? Why Fairfax needed Hinch

Why sack Derryn Hinch, Melbourne’s king of drive-time? It can’t be because of the ratings, which continue to prop up the ailing Fairfax empire.

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The Vic election bomb: commandos raid, documents shred, recriminations begin

There was no bigger symbol of John Brumby’s imminent demise than the scene outside Melbourne’s Treasury Place this morning as hundreds of soon-to-be-sacked staffers huddled nervously as their boss’ private office was raided by anti-terrorism commandos. Andrew Crook reports on the day after the night before.

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Should Mitchell and co be accountable for naming names?

Whatever the motives of 3AW’s Neil Mitchell in revealing the names of the Collingwood footballers questioned by police over an alleged incident last weekend, his actions highlight the urgent need for law reform in this area. Should what Mitchell did become a criminal offence?

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And the Wankley goes to… power out for Melbourne’s media

The people of New South Wales have a lot to be angry about — a toxic Labor government, a string of knifed premiers, a culture of ministerial incompetence. But why would the Daily Tele would try now to plunge an additional stake into the heart of an already terminal government over electricity prices?

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Melbourne media rift over naming the Pies’ accused

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire’s on-air outburst this morning over Neil Mitchell’s decision to name the Collingwood players is threatening to tear a rift in the Melbourne media establishment.

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When the brothel burnt down … Time reporter’s war links

There’s a silver lining in every tragedy and Ross Stevenson found it on 3AW this morning with a fire in a brothel. Plus, the Time cover story and other media news of the day.

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Tim Fletcher dumped from 3AW after Catalano deal

Fairfax Media has reacted angrily to the emaciation of its real estate advertising streams, and possibly breached its own editorial policies, by dumping Melbourne real estate doyen Tim Fletcher from its 3AW line-up in retribution for inking an advertising deal with a rival publication.

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Brumby’s poor disclosure over donations and jobs for relatives

While there are literally hundreds of examples of politicians either employing their relatives or having party colleagues take them on, very few have reached the scale of Victorian Premier John Brumby’s family.

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Bolt to buddy up with Price in Melbourne radio wars

Melbourne is on the verge of a fresh round of radio wars, as Australia’s most popular newspaper columnist Andrew Bolt looks set to announce a prominent on-air role with a Steve Price-helmed 3MP.

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Neil Mitchell’s hypocrisy over agenda journalism

Talkback radio’s silly season of fills and special programming may be rapidly approaching, but it seems Fairfax’s Neil Mitchell has left it to the last minute to launch his bid for hypocritical media quote of the year.

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When Fairfax moves, will Andrew Bolt be an outside broadcast?

Could management at Fairfax Media be so precious about rivals accessing its sparkling new Collins Street headquarters they are already hatching plans to bar News Limited employees from the premises?

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The world, and Peter Ford, does a Wilkins over Charlie’s Angel “suicide”

Like Jeff Goldblum before her, reports of Charlie’s Angels star Jaclyn Smith’s death have been greatly exaggerated. On Twitter. Then mindlessly regurgitated by Australian entertainment reporters.

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Mardi Gras elections headed for drama

Elections for the Board of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras are set t get feisty, Alby Schultz takes a “baronial approach” to rural politics, the greatest job title ever, and more from our terrific team of tipsters.

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And the Wankley Award goes to … Ernie Sigley’s nose for news

3AW’s Ernie Sigley landed quite the scoop when the first person on the scene of a fiery plane crash called him live on air. If only he’d left him on the line, writes Sophie Black.

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The tangled web of 3AW, Fairfax and footy

Can what Fairfax says about Fairfax radio be trusted? Perhaps not suggests the once-bitten Ralph Horowitz.

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Sorry: Australia talks back

Talkback is another world. The real one.

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Your final Campaign Lite

The beagle decides … dogged by controversy … Lest We Forget … Tactical voting? … Casey Bennetto on this “Saturday Night” … Election primer for Potter fans.

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And what’s Steve Price doing in the Chairman’s Lounge?

There might still be three weeks to go before polling day but it’s clear which yarn will win the “biggest campaign beat up” award – step forward shock jock Steve Price, writes Stephen Mayne.

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Media briefs and TV ratings

Commercial talkback down as ABC lifts in latest radio figures … Eddie’s millions still not cutting through for Nine … BSkyB makes a typically Murdochian offer over ITV stake … Last night’s TV ratings.

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Dear Leader and Dear Deputy come out from under beds

Crikey has this morning intercepted and unscrambled dangerous ALP propaganda using advanced Cold War code-breaking techniques. Jane Nethercote reports.

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