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


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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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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