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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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Media briefs: cricket’s beer monopoly … Dateline journos hit back … NoTW haunts Murdoch …

Kerry Stokes’ Seven West Media has been stunned by plunging resources prices. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Media briefs: Bolt watch … Peppa won’t fry … Rebekah Brooks bound for Oz? …

Andrew Bolt crunches the numbers on our climate-obsessed journos. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Mayne: even the Saudi Prince has turned on Rupert — not that you’d read it in the media

Rupert Murdoch protected his own at News Corp’s AGM, but if he had not gerrymandered the voting shares, he himself could have been chucked off News Corp’s board.

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Mayne v Murdoch round two: Rupert addresses that infamous Crikey leak

Crikey’s founder certainly brought the hard questions to News Corp’s octogenarian chairman — and it turns out Rupert Murdoch reads Crikey with a close eye.

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Australian papers dead weight in the News Corp stable

Despite reassurance from News Corp officials, the News and Information services publishing arm continues to struggle, write Paddy Manning and Glenn Dyer.

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Is News Corp going into financial services?

As profits are squeezed in the media sector, Eureka Report is moving into financial services. But the journalists involved insist it won’t jeopardise their journalism.

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McClymont gives the crowd what they want at Olle lecture

The crowd — minus the News Corp journos who were elsewhere — lapped up Kate McClymont’s Andrew Olle lecture, but where were the pollies?

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Mayne: Murdoch salaries hit $600 million — but you wouldn’t read about it

The Oz has revealed that the ABC’s Mark Scott got a pay rise — but the paper is strangely silent on the massive pay packets taken home by the Murdoch family.

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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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