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My Kitchen Rules v Media Watch

Crikey readers talk the real problem with Tasmanian wind farms, the haters at News Corp and why we need the ABC.

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‘Bolt and News Corp want a pound of something’: defamation case kicks off

David Barrows, an accountant and recently graduated lawyer, is representing himself as he sues News Corp and Andrew Bolt. The case starts in Melbourne today.

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Companies for old men: the codgers who refuse to let go of their boards

Is it ageist to suggest companies might be better off electing at least a few younger faces to their boards? You know, so we don’t have quite so many executives dying on the job …

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Media briefs: farewell Louise … getting shirty … Gotham boosts Nine lineup …

What’s the difference between a “shirtfront”, “shirt-front” and “shirt front”? And other media tidbits of the day.

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Note to Sharri: students aren’t passive information sponges

The Australian’s “exclusive” on the apparent left-wing brainwashing in uni media courses sells students short, writes UTS J-school student Max Chalmers.

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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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News Corp CEO thinks you should wait patiently for Game of Thrones

News Corp CEO Robert Thomson explains why he supports Essendon, points to good news in the Herald Sun and says you can wait 24 damn hours for your fix of Westeros.

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What The Hun doesn’t understand about tax (just about everything)

Hun business writer Terry McCrann has taken an axe to the Tax Justice Network report on tax avoidance. Pity he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Tax specialist Bill Mavropoulos offers McCrann some much-needed advice.

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Murdochs’ golden handshake packages more like platinum

Ever wondered about the value of Rupert and James Murdoch’s retirement pension and termination packages? SPOILER ALERT: They’re worth more than a gold watch.

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Media briefs: Dempster v Mitchell … real estate empires … ‘insiders’ say thanks …

News Corp ties its future (further) to real estate. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Rupert in the poorhouse? Murdoch’s salary falls at Fox

Like millions of workers around the world, Rupert Murdoch’s salary is not keeping up with inflation. Poor dear.

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Costs add up after fresh phone hacking revelations

British publishing company Trinity Mirror has admitted liability after a number of accusations of phone hacking, and one of its reporters had close ties to News Corp.

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Media briefs: wrong guy … Aus property review … Rupert sees Starz …

On some counts, today’s Australian Financial Review is 40% property news and ads. And other media tidbits of the day.

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News Corp and Daily Mail both claim victory, but no money changes hands

News Corp and Daily Mail Australia have settled their copyright dispute out-of-court in a confidential settlement, with no money exchanged.

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News Corp leak points to systemic problems, say business experts

Legal threats and bluster only made things worse for News Corp in the face of Crikey’s investigation, SmartCompany deputy editor Eloise Keating reports.

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Kim Williams goes to the dogs (tastefully, of course)

This morning Kim Williams launched his new book, Rules of Engagement, which focuses more on family, wine, sport and good living, rather than his tumble from the News Corp roost.

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‘They don’t control us’: Disney takes on News

If the price of maintaining News Corp’s support is that the Press Council can’t be effective, it’s not worth having the money, the chairman of the Press Council told Crikey.

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Shades of Rudd mark II in Dump Robbo campaign

The News Corp press (and Crikey!) have been rubbishing NSW Labor leader John Robertson in a campaign that looks a lot like Gillard’s knifing, writes NSW political reporter Alex Mitchell.

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Media briefs: poachings at Guardian, Oz … costly ads … Hartcher dunked …

New faces at Guardian Australia and the Oz, as well as other media tidbits of the day.

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Kim Williams’ lucrative gift to News keeping the empire afloat

News Corp’s relentless attacks on former CEO Kim Williams belie a fundamental truth: Williams’ management of Foxtel was a financial boon for the company.

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How long can News Corp keep up the juggling act?

News Corp has been able to shelter its financial health thanks to some wily tax planning, but if the company is finally compelled to swing the axe, Amplify will be the first to go. Glenn Dyer and Paddy Manning report.

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Vindictive, self-serving tosh: the Oz v the Press Council a phoney war

They sky is not falling, and the Australian media world will continue to turn despite News Corp picking a fight with the Press Council.

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The Oz’s attacks on the Press Council put media freedom at risk

The Australian’s editorials have mused about leaving the Press Council, but News Corp can’t officially do so without four years’ notice. It could, however, gut the watchdog by undermining its authority. And that may well be the strategy …

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Media briefs: Williams on News … Emmys ratings … terroir terror …

Kim Williams reports on tales from Sydney’s public transport system. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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