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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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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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If media laws change, history says sell, sell, sell

The golden rule of media ownership changes in Australia is that they usher in carnage for shareholders, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Proposed magazine cartel looks good on paper

Magazine publishers and newsagents have agreed to trial a program to get rid of low-selling magazine titles.

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Mayne: why Fairfax should walk away from 2GB merger

Fairfax should consider all the implications of a business merger before it jumps into bed with 2GB and John Singleton.

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Mayne’s mum: Stephen, mind your manners

Crikey readers have their say on Fairfax’s sweeping redundancies and the importance of multiculturalism. And Crikey’s founder cops a spray from his mum.

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Regional newsrooms sliced in half as Fairfax ditches subs and photographers

Fairfax wants to make dozens of staff redundant from 13 Victorian publications as the reporters are asked to make do without subeditors or photographers.

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Hockey in the ‘dock’: Treasurer can’t recall much

Joe Hockey has taken the stand in his defamation proceedings against Fairfax.

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Packed house to hear Hockey tear strips off Fairfax

What good will suing Fairfax do for Hockey? The public already mistrust politicians, writes Margot Saville from the court room.

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ACMA armed to the teeth: prepare for a media-regulation brawl

A surprise High Court decision has seen ACMA armed to the teeth with powers the media would rather it didn’t have. Expect communications policy to suddenly become very, very tricky for the government.

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Sorry the most expensive word: Age apologises in front-page splash

Fairfax has issued a possibly unprecedented front-page apology to the Melbourne teenager the paper misidentified as a terrorism suspect.

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Media briefs: slicing 7.30FT goes metered … Weisbrot settles in …

Fairfax puts a Labor pollie on the wrong side of history. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Domain hopes to sneak up on a distracted REA

Fairfax will be spruiking Domain in an investor briefing next month — and all anyone will want to know is how it plans to take on market leader REA. Crikey writers Glenn Dyer and Myriam Robin report.

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MMP, union at loggerheads as management claims readers don’t want news

The Weekly Review will better serve local communities by ditching the news content to focus on lifestyle, MMP content director Emily Rayner says.

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No news but good news: MMP journos told to get on Team Melbourne

The Fairfax-owned Weekly Review magazines have scrapped local news coverage altogether.

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Print circulation circling the drain: is it time for drastic measures?

Australian newspapers are losing more and more revenue from their declining print circulations. When will publishers say enough is enough and take steps to staunch the bleeding? Glenn Dyer and Myriam Robin report.

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How much did Gina Rinehart make out of Fairfax?

Crikey writers Paddy Manning and Myriam Robin crunch the numbers. Just how much did the country’s richest woman make off the ailing media giant?

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Will The Huffington Post cannibalise Fairfax’s readers?

Media buyers and analysts have welcomed Fairfax’s entrance into a joint venture with The Huffington Post. Eating half the pie is better than having none of it.

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Media briefs: Amplify subdued … irony alert … the winner is …

The education business not netting News Corp the big bucks. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Mayne: how boards shirk disclosure requirements and hide executive pay

Companies are meant to disclose the remuneration packages of their key management personnel. The problem is, it is up to the companies themselves to decide who qualifies.

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What do shareholders know about Fairfax’s property dealings?

It took Anthony Catalano just five years to make $25 million out of Fairfax. But shareholders haven’t been given the full details, writes Stephen Mayne.

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Fairfax finally takes over MMP, claws back lost property ad revenues

Fairfax’s long-awaited takeover of Metro Media Publishing is complete, taking to $175 million the amount of money the company has spent buying back property-advertising revenues in the past decade.

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Mayne: Fairfax and Alan Jones strange bedfellows in radio merger

The merger of Fairfax and Macquarie radio is one of the most under-reported stories from the Christmas-New Year break.

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The 2014 Crikeys: three cheers for the AFR, Kyle Sandilands

Crikey’s media reporter reveals the best and the worst of the media in 2014.

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