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Foxed out: Sky News takeover could take a sharp turn to the Right

News Corp’s heavy-handed play for Australian News Channel may turn Sky into our very own Fox News.

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Media Watch watch: should targets get the right of reply?

The ABC’s flagship media show has changed in recent years, to become less commentary and more journalistic in tone. And a former executive producer says that’s down to a certain blue heeler …

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Crikey 15: our best leaks

Crikey has a long and proud tradition of publishing leaks, scoops and otherwise uncomfortable information. Read about our best leaks …

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Media briefs: warm receptions … enemies within … what is and isn’t terrorism …

Why is The Fin’s Rear Window columnist having a go at a stablemate? And other media tidbits of the day.

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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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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: Rupert says good night, sweet prince

News Corp columnists keep telling us that Murdoch is no control freak — so why are they so reluctant to criticise their boss?

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A right royal kiss-off: the Sun King loses his Prince

Saudi Prince Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal has sold most of his 6.6% stake in Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Now we know why the Prince did not vote with the Murdochs at the last AGM.

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Disney throws a grenade at News Corp in Press Council swan song

The Press Council chair only mentioned News Corp once in his speech to the Press Club today. But read between the lines, and it was a pointed criticism of the organisation’s hypocrisy on free speech.

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Labor strips back to basics as Newman pledges big bucks

As Queensland Labor goes door-to-door in an attempt to fight off irrelevancy, News Corp struggles to drive a wedge between Newman and the toxic Abbott government.

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Media briefs: Louise Mensch watch … publisher’s regret … Williams to CAL …

Twitter awkwardness over Charlie Hebdo… and other media tidbits of the day.

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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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Mayne: News Corp publishes flattering bio of a billionaire — but which one?

Andrew Rule’s biography on billionaire Kerry Stokes is a curious exercise in vanity publishing.

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Media briefs: government-supplied footage … spelling it out … Barrow appeals …

What the TV networks told viewers about footage given to them by the government. And other media tidbits of the day.

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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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Too left-wing for News Corp? Business Spectator bids farewell to Rob Burgess

Rob Burgess has taken a redundancy from News Corp’s Business Spectator, after disagreeing with “some other journalists” about his views on things like carbon pricing and the mining tax.

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Rupert sells voting shares — is this a Lachlan bailout?

Why has Rupert Murdoch taken the unusual step of selling over $100 million worth of his voting shares in 21st Century Fox? Crikey founder Stephen Mayne and business commentator Glenn Dyer explain.

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Media briefs: Jones is back … mix-up at AFR … the Murdoch challenger …

How’d you like (at least) three more years of Alan Jones? And other media tidbits of the day.

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Media briefs: why sell Ten … Seven’s exec reshuffle … iSentia wins content-harvesting licence …

The Ten Network conducts a “Dutch auction”. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Bolt defamation litigant loses case, will declare bankruptcy

Victoria’s Supreme Court threw out a defamation case against Andrew Bolt and landed plaintiff David Barrow with a $500,000 cost judgement. He nonetheless tells Crikey he’s glad he stood his ground.

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Media briefs: News Corp’s new super fund … a troubling front page … divided Ferguson …

News Corp branches out into the financial services sector. And other media tidbits of the day.

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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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Hold the front page (again): News UK accuses Paperboy.com of copyright infringement

The mighty hammer of News Corp’s legal team has yet again taken on tiny Canberra website ThePaperboy.com.

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Murdoch and the Saudi prince: Mayne plots the scenarios

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal says he “never votes” against Rupert Murdoch. But Crikey’s founder finds that the numbers don’t quite stack up …

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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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