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Rupert Murdoch letters: ‘I used the wrong adjectives’

News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch has responded to a leaked recording on the phone-hacking and bribery cases in Britain in letters to the Home Affairs Committee and Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

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Cameron gets it done, keeping the press (mostly) on side

David Cameron has struck a compromise deal with political rivals for tougher media reforms in the UK. And he’s managed to keep the press on side — for the most part — in the process.

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The unbearable dullness of being Lord Justice Leveson

Lord Justice Leveson gave a speech in Melbourne last night, but the real action has been at off-the-record lunches and dinners. Crikey tails the Australian tour of one of the world’s most talked-about media figures this year.

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Putting science journalism under the microscope

Science journalism is in a rough state in Australia: there is rampant miscommunication and stories are “dumbed down” or overblown, writes researcher Timothy Moss.

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‘Trial by Google’ the new threat to privacy, Leveson warns

Trial by media? Trial by Google is the real threat to privacy, Lord Justice Brian Leveson told a Sydney audience today — fresh from delivering his media ethics report to the UK government.

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The two areas where Leveson fails

Crikey readers have their say.

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Finkelstein then Leveson, stymied debate ‘deeply disturbing’

Recommendations for a government-funded media regulator were howled down in the UK just as they were here. One of the architects of the local proposals reckons the debate has been stomped on — by the media.

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Eighth time lucky? Leveson reports, Cameron stonewalls

Lord Justice Leveson has turned his highly anticipated report into the UK press over to the government, which now faces difficult questions over state-backed regulation.

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Media briefs: new BRW ed … Seven News drop … Morgan confession …

The new boss of Seven News, Rob Raschke, faces a big task in repairing the holes in the once dominant 6pm news. Plus, preparing for Leveson and other media news of the day.

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Leveson: D-day for red tops, farewell to press freedom?

Lord Leveson will deliver his verdict on the future of the British press in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal tomorrow. Fleet Street’s red tops are decidedly nervous about being curbed.

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Phone-hacking lawyer: privacy, free speech and media regulation

British lawyer Charlotte Harris, who has seen the phone-hacking scandal from close quarters, tells Crikey that real change must come from the Leveson inquiry.

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Media briefs: Brooks’ payout … 60 Min hack quits … Eye Corp snag …

Did the Leveson enquiry miss out on some correspondence between David Cameron and Rebekah Brooks? Peeking into Brooks’ pay packet. And Nine v Seven on coverage of Nine’s debt woes.

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Media briefs: Mann becomes Citizen … phone-hack arrests … Obama breaks Reddit …

In today’s Media Briefs: Front Page of the Day … UK police arrest two reports in phone-hacking investigation … Egypt drops charges against Aussie journo … Independent Ed fears Leveson is ‘loading a gun’ …

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The plod thickens as UK papers face new hacking claims

Britain’s media crisis continues to grow, with more papers caught in an expanding police inquiry into bribery and new allegations of phone hacking.

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Is Rupert’s boardroom shuffle a last UK dance?

The direct influence of Rupert Murdoch on his newspapers has vanished from Britain, with the news that he resigned from several boards, cutting himself adrift from Britain for the first time since 1969.

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A lesson for Barclays in phone-hacking scandal

There was a double-header overnight for fans of the now years-long show, the collapse of the integrity of British public life.

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Leveson, challenge to power or enormous release valve?

The Prime Minister is being questioned under oath about his relationship to the largest media company in the land, about what was promised in the lead-up to the 2010 election, and no one gives a rat’s.

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Rio’s warm reception for Gillard

Australians might be giving Prime Minister Julia Gillard a somewhat cool reception but things will be different when she arrives in Rio de Janeiro.

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Readers’ ed watch .. EPL’s £5b deal … ABC misunderstood …

In today’s Media Briefs: readers’ editor watch … The EPL’s £5 billion TV deal … Front Page of the Day … The Department of Corrections … ABC’s critics misunderstand the ABC says ABC boss and more …

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A lying precedent to follow

A Westminster parliament has found it — a way to call a political liar a liar.

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Major says Murdoch pressured him on EU: Leveson greatest hits

The Leveson inquiry’s public hearings will wrap up tomorrow with a long-awaited appearance by prime minister David Cameron. Here’s the juiciest revelations to date.

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Fairfax revenue down … tweeting the news … Facebook slows …

The torrent of bad news coming out of Fairfax HQ continued this morning, with job-slashing CEO Greg Hywood announcing downgraded revenue expectations for the rest of the year. Plus other media news.

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Taylor v Carnell … Hunt ties to Murdoch … Times for free …

ABC’s persistent prober on 7.30 Victoria, Josie Taylor, is angry that a slated star interviewee pulls the pin at the eleventh hour. Plus other media news of the day.

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Coulson conviction could mean prison time

Britain’s phone hacking inquiry has landed its second big fish: Andy Coulson, former News of the World editor and ex-head of communications for David Cameron, has been charged with perjury. Paul Barry reports.

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Dear Mr Hywood … ABC slams Sky News …

In today’s Media Briefs: a letter to Mr Hywood … mistake of the day … the Facebook journalism bubble … Four Corners accesses Rinehart court papers and more …

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