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The 2014 Crikeys: Sexiest Politician

Will Malcolm Turnbull be Crikey’s Sexiest Politician five years running? Or will Greens hero’s Scott Ludlam’s hair finally get the recognition it deserves? Vote for Crikey’s sexiest male and sexiest female politicians!

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The 2014 Crikeys: Arsehat of the Year

Will it be real-life Bond villain Vladimir Putin? Human yeast infection Redfoo? Or closer to home, our very own Jacqui “Ban the Burqa, Straya!” Lambie? Vote for the worst person of the year — Crikey’s Arsehat 2014!

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Poll Bludger: could the Greens be coming for Turnbull?

The Greens’ electoral success in Prahran was due to a number of demographic factors, with the seat an interesting mixture of hip young things and old money. Sounds like a certain federal Sydney seat we know …

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Keane: reshuffle the key to a better 2015 for the Coalition

The government needs a ministerial overhaul to more effectively play to its strengths.

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Commercial TV’s worst nightmare is an ad-supported ABC

Allowing the ABC to run ads would siphon profits out of free-to-air TV networks and lead to an overall lower price per ad slot, even for newspapers.

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How much of the Murdoch agenda has the government delivered?

The government is well on the way to delivering the Murdochs what they want in media policy, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Turnbull reveals the extent of ABC cuts

The Communications Minister confirmed the ABC budget will be slashed by $254 million over the next four years — or 2.6% of its $5.5 billion budget — while SBS will lose $25.2 million (1.7%) over the period.

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Mark Scott gets some gratuitous advice — from duds

The ABC isn’t short of gratuitous advice from its media rivals — despite the inept performance of the latter, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Keane: will Brandis and Turnbull go after encryption next?

The growing use of encryption and anonymisation tools by companies and consumers is infuriating security agencies and the copyright industry. When will they move against them?

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SBS insider reveals secret plan to kill Dateline

SBS’ international current affairs show Dateline has won numerous awards in its 30 years on air. But supervising producer Allan Hogan reveals the show is about to be gutted.

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Up to 500 jobs to go as ABC, SBS funding cuts are finalised

As the magnitude of cuts to the public broadcasters firms up, decisions on how to reshape ABC and SBS are beginning to emerge.

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Think you can’t learn much from metadata? Guess this film plot and think again

The government makes the collection of metadata sound innocuous — but technology consultant and Crikey’s own Department of Australia Leslie Nassar shows otherwise.

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The five data retention lies you were told

The government’s unveiling of its data retention scheme was unaccompanied by blatant falsehoods by people who have no excuse not to know better.

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Government unveils mass surveillance proposal

The government has finally unveiled its data retention regime — except, critical questions remain unanswered.

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Lay off the ABC

Crikey readers have their say on the IPA’s take on ABC funding.

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Turnbull outshines ‘em all in Gough tributes, and is Bishop heir to Abbott’s throne?

The death of Gough Whitlam enabled some comparisons to a giant of Australian politics. Some measured up better than others.

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SBS to increase its prime-time ads — but the govt will keep the cash

Ad-averaging means SBS will air more ads in prime time, but some aren’t happy about the effect this could have on programming choices.

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The 30-year history of trying (and failing) to make ABC cuts

Successive governments have let the ABC adapt to its environment rather than take on the difficult task of discussing what public broadcasting should mean.

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ABC’s flagships could be sacrificed to fund online future, warns Scott

Efficiency savings might be achieved without program cuts, but if the ABC can’t use them to fund innovation, it’ll have to cut into programming anyway, Mark Scott said in Melbourne last night.

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ABC sympathisers need to quit their rent-seeking antics

Malcolm Turnbull’s message to the ABC is loud and clear: change happens and has to be accommodated, even when it involves iconic programs like Lateline.

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Media briefs: Torney responds … Danby the Prescient … honest notes …

Malcolm Turnbull gets his answer. And other media tidbits of the day.

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‘There’s fuck-all you can do’: why the govt is losing the PR war with the ABC

From “down-payments on future efficiencies” to talk of the ABC pulling its weight, the government has failed to strike a chord with voters, spinners told Crikey.

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ABC board talks potential program cuts, with Holmes not invited

Hundreds of ABC supporters gathered outside the broadcaster’s Ultimo HQ this morning to urge the board to save Lateline and a host of other ABC programs.

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How ABC and SBS could save millions without touching programming

It’s traditional for new governments to look at reducing ABC and SBS’s tremendous transmission bills. But as a new player puts up its hand to bid for the contract, things could be different this time.

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Media briefs: Howards and Keatings … the next Rove … Press Council v SMH

Andrew Bolt uses the Howard ratings to slam the ABC, but he’s reading the ratings selectively. And other media tidbits of the day.

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