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Follow Crikey’s latest coverage of Fairfax. Crikey’s Fairfax coverage includes independent news, blogs and commentary.


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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Mayne: rift between retail shareholders and the big end of town must close

A lot of Australian retail shareholders don’t bother to vote because they feel swamped by institutional shareholders, but new ASX rules could change that.

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Goodies, memberships and special events: making a buck in legacy media

As news becomes a commodity, high-brow newspapers want to sell anything but. Here’s how newspapers are turning readers into members.

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Rundle: the rise of Clivosaurus a product of voter curiosity

Far from being the populist saviour of our supposedly broken political system, Clive Palmer swept to power on little more than voter curiosity, and has given Queenslanders more Lefty shtick than they expected.

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Mayne: a ‘feral’ octogenarian, Gina Rinehart and Malcolm Turnbull walk into an AGM

Fairax AGMs have a long and colourful history, and the most recent outing in Melbourne had its fair share of intrigue.

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A mandate on the GST? Not so fast …

Crikey readers have their say on the GST, Senator Nova Peris and the ABC.

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Tips and rumours

In search for Hockey’s pizza … Trick or treating at Fairfax … Katter’s happy about fuel prices …

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Cutting staff at regional newspapers hurts the bush

Crikey readers share their views on MH17 and Fairfax’s new plans for its regional newspapers.

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A Fairfax bid for Ten would be corporate suicide

There is no upside to buying Channel Ten — the network is an absolute basket case, and it does not look like there is a way to turn things around.

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Media briefs: Gupta(s) to SBS … FOI zip … Leunig lives …

A public outcry has forced Fairfax to pull back from one aspect of its cost-cutting. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Who needs subs? Fairfax turns to reporter-only model

Can Fairfax’s papers survive without subeditors? The company’s giving it a red-hot go, as it entirely removes the function at three rural newspapers in New South Wales.

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The Oz takes fight to the Fin (again) with beefed-up business section

The Australian is betting on business, with its new section designed to kick Fairfax’s Financial Review where it counts.

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Mayne’s guide to media company AGMs this season

With Peter Costello, Gina Rinehart and Kerry Stokes all entering the fray, it’s shaping up to be an AGM season of big personalities and even bigger corporate adjustments.

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Mayne: Gina Rinehart the wildcard at upcoming Fairfax AGM

Will Roger Corbett be staying on as chairman of the Fairfax board? Or more importantly: does Gina Rinehart want him to?

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Media briefs: cost-cutting at Bauer … ABCs at Fairfax … TV loves a scandal …

The Courier-Mail apologises for yesterday’s front cover. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Crikey founder runs for Fairfax board

For shareholder activists, it’s not always easy to get your reasons for bidding communicated to shareholders. Stephen Mayne, a veteran of unsolicited board tilts, says he’s been pleasantly surprised by Fairfax’s approach.

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Some propaganda with your morning paper? Why Fairfax is spruiking for Putin

It’s easier than you think to get published in the world’s best newspapers, as the efforts of Russia Beyond The Headlines show. Myriam Robin and Glenn Dyer report.

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Media briefs: Fairfax suitors pt 2 … iHype … Expoosive …

Apple release day means every tech company worth its salt is taking out the laundry. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Media briefs: Fairfax mergers… Murdochrisy … Shine deal? …

If Fairfax is about to merge, why isn’t the sharemarket more excited? And other media tidbits of the day.

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‘The pay deal is terrible’: Fairfax journos lose money but keep their grades

Fairfax’s union members have finally negotiated an EBA with management, swallowing “lousy” pay increases for the ability to maintain their conditions.

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Media briefs: Strewthwatch … The Age commutes … Diane Sawyer quits …

Bring back James Jeffrey, part 28. To Strewthwatch now, and how’s our boy Christian doing this week? Not good, not good. The Kerr ratio — actual gossip items to stuff lifted off the meeja — is running 2.5:20 this week — 1:7 on Monday, 1.5:6 on Tuesday, and 0.5:7 on Wednesday. Monday was a police blotter item, Tuesday was Clive Palmer’s […]

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Media briefs: Fairfax, SBS journos get peanuts … Random House grovels … Rupert’s files …

SBS staff are fuming after being offered just 0.5% a year in pay rises. And other media tidbits of the day.

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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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Media briefs: print woes… Serious Charge … meet the Spectators …

The Age sells has lost 20% of its circulation in a year. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Fairfax execs score a cool $2.4 million pay hike — but no money for journos

Times are tough in media, right? Well, not if you’re at the top of Fairfax …

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