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Media briefs: ABC departures … you’re fired … Jones’ death …

In the wake of yesterday’s announcement that the English-language division of Radio Australia will be shut down, we now know some of the names of the journalists who will lose their jobs. Plus other media tidbits of the day …

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Out with radio, in with digital? ABC tries to remain a global broadcaster

Without a television network, are you still an international broadcaster? The ABC has a plan, but after absorbing 80 redundancies, some insiders are sceptical.

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UPDATED: Around 80 jobs to go as ABC rejigs foreign coverage

The Asia Pacific News Centre and the ABC’s International Division are likely to contribute most of the 80 redundancies announced to staff this morning, as the ABC grapples with the budget cuts.

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What we will lose if we destroy the public broadcaster

The ABC is under threat, with the cuts announced in the budget likely to be the tip of the iceberg. ABC journalist and public broadcasting advocate Quentin Dempster warns Coalition MPs to be careful what they wish for: a Murdoch monopoly won’t be all they hoped.

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A hard landing for the ABC’s version of soft diplomacy

Cutting funding and abandoning the Australia Network attacks the ABC’s international role via the back door, argues Rodney Tiffen at Inside Story.

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Tips and rumours

Meetings but no news: ABC staff nervous … Who’s the ‘Sharrimarkson’ editing Joye? … Come to the doctor! It’s free! … A cracking good yarn …

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ABC’s foreign bureaux in danger after Australia Network budget axing

Many of the ABC’s foreign correspondents are funded by the Australia Network contract. Its axing has them fearing for their bureaux and the future of international coverage.

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Tips and rumours

Jitters at the Australia Network … media baron with a heart of gold? … reponsible government …

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Tips and rumours

Australia Network goes all-out for Abbott’s visit, but can it survive? … Sinodinos gives ‘no promises’ … factcheck: Clive Palmer …

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Media briefs: Oz Network rescue … Macquarie stoush … ABC on Wed …

Australia Network ‘not dead yet’ … Macquarie students hiring … Can Spicks and Specks save ABC Wednesdays? …

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The Australia Network: diplomatic weapon or just AFL for expats?

The Australia Network is on the chopping block as Tony Abbott looks to clip the ABC’s wings. Is it worth $20 million a year in taxpayers’ money?

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Australia Network, a political football, really does kick goals

Since its inception Australia Network has been beset by numerous internal and external problems — and the worst could be yet to come, writes Lowy Intstitute research fellow Annmaree O’Keeffe

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Conroy to cement ABC control of foreign broadcasting

The controversial Australia Network service will be permanently linked to the ABC via legislation under Stephen Conroy’s media reform proposals. News Corp might not like that …

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Avengers scoop … The Block’s value … Sloans Oz Network attack unfair …

Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce has accused the political editor of News Limited’s Sunday newspapers of manufacturing a story about him lobbying Tony Abbott to lift the baby bonus to $10,000. Plus other media news of the day.

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Schooling Gerard … pressure on Murdochs … Age lifts Hun video

Retired right-wing cartoonist Larry Pickering has portrayed Julia Gillard as a dildo-wielding rapist in a cartoon on his website. Plus other media news of the day.

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Rudd & Oz Network saga: everyone cast ‘in a poor light’

No sensible observer could deny that the protracted and aborted tender process for the Australia Network contract was a schemozzle from start to finish. The Auditor-General agrees, writes David Salter.

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The Australia Network: a window on ‘Australian life’

Crikey readers have their say.

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Australia Network-ABC headaches have only just begun

How will the Australia Network fit with the ABC charter, and in particular the public broadcaster’s independence from the government of the day?

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Waste-of-space Oz Network bewitches another political generation

The Australia Network is a waste of money, but apparently capable of making politicians lose all reason.

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A poke in the eye to both of you

The tensions between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd are threatening to escalate into real damage to the government.

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Australia Network joins the list of tender debacles

The Howard Government managed to let the Australia Network process go unmolested. But Labor ministers couldn’t help themselves.

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A third way needed on Australia Network

Crikey readers have their say.

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Mia quits Fairfax — for now? … NT News piss-take

An amusing exchange between upstanding News Limited Sunday tabloid scribe Samantha Maiden and her bitter Sunday Age rival Michael Bachelard on Twitter yesterday. Plus other media news of the day.

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Jacko death bed … Australia Network decision … Assange’s book fail …

In today’s Media Briefs: Michael Jackson death pic … Kwark still saving the old world … Australia Network contract decision imminent … Assange misses chart and more …

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Time for a ministerial meetings register — starting with media execs

If the Cameron government is prepared to be open about whom its ministers meet, so can the Gillard government, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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