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Smoking out the truth in the Oz‘s plain packaging war

You can cherry-pick the data to prove the case either way, but it seems The Australian’s war on plain packaging is self-defeating in the face of evidence.

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The letter to the editor The Australian wouldn’t run

When public health expert Professor Mike Daube wrote to the Oz about their ‘exclusive’ plain packaging yarn, they refused to publish his letter in full. Here’s what it said.

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Media briefs: exclusive watch … Oz v Media Watch (yet again) … winners and losers …

The Australian is now taking the ABC to the Australian Communications and Media Authority over its plain packaging story. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Oz gives Media Watch a lecture on ethics, fails to disclose again

The Australian is accusing Media Watch of a lapse in journalistic ethics. But there’s plenty that’s dubious about it’s own reporting on the plain packaging issue.

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Media briefs: Barry v Oz (again) … RIP MH370 … ‘sane heads’ …

There does seem to be some sort of obsession in the Media Watch-Australian wars, but it cuts both ways. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Media briefs: Oz losses… Sky on FTA … Tele v Press Council …

News Corp’s vanity Australian newspaper has revealed exactly how much money it loses every year. It’s not as much as Paul Barry had said on Media Watch, but the numbers are still staggering. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Should the ABC apologise? It’s far from black and white

The ABC is under a lot of fire for its story on asylum seekers’ burnt hands, but was the story false? And should Aunty apologise? We ask current and former staffers, and opinions are mixed.

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Media briefs: Media Watch EP … Cory v tyranny … vale Sharon …

The ABC’s Media Watch has a new executive producer. That and other media tidbits.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings — Ten continues its poor form as the ABC rakes in viewers

The ABC’s Monday night programming was a hit as usual, while Ten’s lackluster offering got the response it deserved.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Big Brother continues to tank, high hopes for Mr Selfridge

Channel 9 has brought in Hamish and Andy’s Asia Gap Year to boost Big Brother ratings, with limited success.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Hamish and Andy bring the funny (and the ratings)

Hamish Blake and Andy Lee continue to perform for Nine, with their latest Gap Year bringing it home for Nine.

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Tips and rumours

Rudd’s dream team revealed, including ex-Oz scribe … court matters against candidate … pollies’ dodgy pre-election campaign materials …

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Media briefs: Fairfax paywalls … radio ratings … Hendo howler …

Fairfax’s paywall experiment begins today. And other media tidbits.

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Betting plunge on Barry: new Media Watch host pays out

Paul Barry will be the new host of Media Watch — a decision the ABC apparently made months ago. So why was Sportsbet running a market on the new host as late as last night?

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Tips and rumours

Who’s the next Media Watch host? … Q&A to spread its wings … Anzac ad may be illegal …

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Media briefs: new Media Watch host … Dank sues for deffo …

Who will be the new host of the ABC’s Media Watch? That, and other media news.

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New host for ABC’s Media Watch on the way

All media eyes will be on the announcement of a new host for Media Watch, with Jonathan Holmes set to stand down soon. Who will the ABC pick?

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With Crusher in crosshairs, Bully ed slams critics

Gold Coast Bulletin editor Peter Gleeson is defiant over his besieged star motorsport columnist Brett “Crusher” Murray; but there’s another story to watch at The Bully. Gleeson spoke exclusively to Crikey.

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Media Watch cops some self-inflicted sour medicine

The media regulator’s mediation of Media Watch v The Daily Telegraph asks important questions about the ABC program, writes former Media Watch EP David Salter.

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No knee-jerk reaction, says Holmes to Age editor

Media Watch host Jonathan Holmes has defended his program after The Age’s departing weekday editor Mike van Niekerk wrote a blistering op-ed attacking its latest episode.

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Media Watch’s Fairfax leave … journo student’s future … Laws under fire …

In today’s Media Briefs: Front Page of the Day … The Department of Corrections … Why Media Watch didn’t cover Fairfax … The future for journalism students … Laws to face scrutiny over caller and more …

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Media Watch v The Oz like two drunks in bar (and it’s the program’s fault)

The continuing tit-for-tat between Media Watch and The Australian is demeaning to both. Journalists flailing each other with feathers is always poor entertainment, writes former Media Watch EP David Salter.

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The Oz’s latest head-scratching vendetta

In three weeks Media Watch host Jonathan Holmes was mentioned in three The Oz editorials and half a dozen ‘news’ stories. Our national broadcast has a warped sense of values, Holmes argues.

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Lifting the lid on political integrity

Crikey readers have their say.

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Ten’s true colours … Uhlmann v Media Watch … journo in car in Mexico …

In today’s Media Briefs: Ten shows colours in bikie wars promo … Mamamia, Shorten faces questions from “working families” … Uhlmann watches Media Watch … Front Page of the Day and more …

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