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Scrutineers imported for WA count? … extra beer for News Ltd’s Sydney reunion … underworld figure helps Sea Shepherd? …

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News Corp’s musical chairs leaves key places empty

Sweeping changes at News Corp Australia have left some crucial positions vacant, and it’s not clear if they will ever be filled. And who has taken redundancy from The Australian?

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The man to save Fairfax? Part II: Linnell fights his News instincts

Why was Garry Linnell removed as editor of The Daily Telegraph? And can he stop Fairfax from going under? Matthew Knott profiles the divisive figure in this final instalment.

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The man to save Fairfax? The unstoppable rise of Garry Linnell

The Fairfax editorial supremo is anything but warm and fuzzy, but he is definitely making ‘em talk about it. He sits down for a Chinese meal with Crikey to discuss his career and the future of media.

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Media briefs: News name change … Oakeshott scoop … 13hr filibuster …

News Limited is changing its name to News Corp Australia plus other media news of the day.

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Tom Waterhouse sells out … News Ltd shuffles deck chairs … Liberal donations … Hockey’s charm offensive

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Murdoch rolls in, newspapers throw bodies overboard

Rupert Murdoch’s in town — so senior News Limited staffers need to watch out. It’s been a grim week for newspapers, with three News editors shown the door, and two editorial heavyweights gone from Fairfax.

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More bad news for Fairfax as MMP axes seven titles

Seven of Metro Media Publishing’s eight eastern titles will close. Only the 148-year-old Dandenong Journal will remain open for business.

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The great media airlift: sports bodies fly in journos for coverage

The V8 Supercar racing series flew journalists to America to cover an event. It’s not the first time they’ve done it, and other sports like the AFL are also putting journalists on planes to maximise coverage.

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New CEO no silver bullet for trouble-hit APN media group

Rural media giant APN, with a new CEO finally on board, is making a comeback. But shareholders and media analysts worry the journey from digital to print will still be a rocky road.

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Media briefs: News Ltd paywalls … Murdoch sports … papers on TV …

News Limited boss Kim Williams today unveiled a new paywall strategy for the company. All the details and other media news.

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Qld government MP flails Courier-Mail over ‘hatchet jobs’

Queensland MP Bruce Flegg has lambasted News Limited’s The Courier-Mail over its coverage of him, talking to Parliament to defend himself.

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Media giants unite to blow the whistle on source protection

News Limited, Fairfax and other big media companies say the government’s proposed whistleblower laws need major changes. It’s brought them together to fight for whistleblower protection.

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News Ltd bites hand that feeds local paper network

The line from News Limited on recognising local government in the constitution doesn’t make much sense given the value of councils to the company’s vast community newspaper network.

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One Big Swindle? Insurance Switch not all it’s cracked up to be

The One Big Switch campaign claims to offer discounts of hundreds of dollars on private health insurance in a win for “people power” and consumers. But does it deliver? Crikey intern Ben Westcott investigates.

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First shots fired in the blockbuster Fairfax book wars

Why is The Australian Financial Review spruiking a book by one of its writers on the death of Fairfax? There’s a slew of such books coming out — it may test Fairfax’s tradition of openness.

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Tips and rumours

All the latest tips and rumours from the Crikey grapevine.

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Tips and rumours

News Ltd jitters over new subediting system … wrong hire for Vic building group? … join us inside Malcolm Turnbull’s head …

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Murdoch’s News plan avoids one question: why invest in papers?

From what has appeared in print and from talk among brokers, there’s a fear in the Murdoch camp that many investors, especially his big US supporters, don’t want to be found owning a print-skewing company.

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Yes, Rupert, racism is disgraceful — tell your newspapers

Rupert Murdoch has attacked Labor for being racist and portrayed himself as an immigration advocate. Does that ring true, given the stories his newspapers run? Crikey intern Ben Westcott trawls through the archives.

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Freedom of speech at risk? How Conroy’s advocate could hurt

Is Stephen Conroy’s Public Interest Media Advocate a threat to free speech? Crikey digs into the detail to find out just what power the position will hold.

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Minimalist media reform that only starts the job

Some expected Stephen Conroy to do nothing on media reform in an election year. He’s done something — but it’s not much, and it may not pass Parliament anyway. The government’s minimalist approach fails to address convergence.

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Under Murdoch, Ten sprays bullets in all directions

The Ten Network is in deep despair with an enormous job for new CEO Hamish McLennan ahead. So why is the company firing off legal letters around commentary of its woes?

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Fairfax is a basketcase … and an old media success

Compared to News Limited and APN, Fairfax is starting to resemble an oasis of strength. Costs and debt are under control and there’s cash in the bank, unlike other newspaper businesses.

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Tips and rumours

Just what were those R&D perks for big business anyway? … News cuts in Adelaide … legal woes at Sydney University postgrad club …

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