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Follow Crikey’s latest coverage of the Australian Financial Review. Crikey’s Australian Financial Review coverage includes independent news, blogs and commentary.


Media briefs: Leak explained … Australian Property Review … FT wades in …

A full 25% of the Australian Financial Review was comprised of property ads this morning. And other media tidbits of the dya.

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Exclusive watch: what makes an exclusive, and who has the most?

An investigation? An interview? Or a drop? There appears to be no consensus on what deserves to be called an exclusive in Australia’s major papers.

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BRW Rich List: Rinehart, Palmer’s fortunes fall, but Fairfax falls the most

The Rich 200 List used to be a must-read for those interested in the rich and (sometimes) famous. But Fairfax’s slimmed-down effort now offers very little detail.

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Media briefs: Fairfax misses out … Guardian expanding … dumb ways to repurpose …

Fairfax got its papers out on time yesterday. Pity it didn’t stop to report the news … Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Forget ITV, the real story is that Ten’s owners are looking to sell

There have been reports that UK commercial channel ITV is thinking about buying a stake in Channel Ten. This is rubbish.

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Media briefs: inside job … head here … royal DJs …

Channel Ten has a new way of saving money — appointing its own executives as judges on reality shows. Plus the Perth Fin got sleepy listening to Hockey, and other media tidbits of the day …

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Media briefs: Stutch hits back … Vox pops … Gale cover …

Michael Stutchbury slams Media Diary’s claim that the Fin doesn’t break stories. Plus other media tidbits of the day …

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Media briefs: SMH ‘scoop’ … Bolt’s blues … dark Darwin …

Andrew Bolt has been called a racist, and he’s terribly, terribly sad about it. Plus other media tidbits of the day …

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Media briefs: Fairfax results … Stuch v Mitchell hots up …

Fairfax profits are up! No, wait, theyr’e down! Well, it depends how you count the numbers. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Media briefs: Mitchell v Stutch… Bolt’s back … Thomson mugshot …

There seems to be a bit of bad blood between The Australian editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell and his former protege Michael Stutchbury. Plus other media snippets of the day.

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Media briefs: sex teacher apology … Cater v Assange … Hurricane Abbott …

The Sydney Morning Herald incorrectly identified a teacher accused of having sex with students. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Did Fairfax help kill the car industry? A victory of sorts for the AFR

The government did little to save the automotive manufacturing industry, knowing the media would have its back. Economist and former Financial Review reporter Jason Murphy reckons his former editor played his part.

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Tips and rumours

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … New enviro chief. The Australian Conservation Foundation is today naming its new CEO, after veteran Don Henry decided to move on from the role. Kelly O’Shanassy, who was the CEO at Environment Victoria, has got the gig. She starts on April 7. So what next […]

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From fact to fiction: Williams leaves the AFR to write novels

The Fairfax newsroom is in shock over the departure of one of the company’s most experienced journalists, Pamela Williams.

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Dangerous rubbish: AFR letters ed lashed for contrarian climate paper

A leading oceanographer has rubbished a climate change paper co-authored by a leading Financial Review journalist, saying the paper “makes things up”.

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AFR redundancies a legacy of crazy bidding wars

Some of The Australian Financial Review’s top journalists and editors are leaving in the latest redundancy round. Crikey surveys the damage.

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Media briefs: AFR redundo payback? … Schwartz’s print revolution …

We’ve heard a very heavy-hitter was knocked back for a redundancy from Fairfax. Plus other media snippets.

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Media briefs: ‘Illegals’ fact check … watch this video … AFR arses about …

Has the government issued a directive to call asylum seekers “illegals” or is it a media invention? That and other media tidbits.

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Media briefs: winning pics … AFR mistakes … spooky New Yorker

This year’s winner of the Walkley Award for Excellence in Photojournalism documented his journey from Kabul to Australia on a people-smuggling boat.

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Media briefs: AFR shrinkage … Life typo … Elmo heckles …

AFR shrinks, old-timers stay … Fin website: what do you think? … Abott typo: that’s Life … front page of the day …

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Media briefs: Howes dumps Tele … Smith’s woman … Roosters splash …

Union boss Paul Howes has ditched The Sunday Telegraph for The Australian Financial Review. That and other media tidbits.

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Media briefs: News v Barry … AFR hides cuts … Hadley guilty …

The Australian Financial Review has kept quiet about the merger of its reporting team with Fairfax’s BusinessDay.

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Fairfax slashes 45 more jobs, closes glossy mag inserts

Another 45 jobs will go from Fairfax, in a merger of business reporting teams and the closure of high-gloss magazine inserts. Crikey has the grim staff announcement.

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Richard Farmer’s campaign bites

The media has given up on pretending this election campaign is actually a contest and is now focusing on what Tony Abbott will do when he is prime minister.

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Richard Farmer’s campaign bites

Most media outlets are sounding the death knell for Kevin Rudd’s Labor campaign.

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