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Tips and rumours

Is ACT Young Labor a blokey affair? … murmurs about newspapers merging / folding … the small world of Tassie politics …

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Tips and rumours

Regional newspapers to consolidate? … Gillard delivers on memoirs … is Eric Abetz the most powerful person in Tas? …

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Modern, subversive and short-lived: a newspaper eulogy

Newspapers were always about more than journalism. Journalist and historian Rachel Buchanan has created an obituary for Melbourne’s 525 dead newspapers, revealing their true worth.

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More jobs to go at MMP as community publishers join forces

It’s a difficult time for local publishers. Star News Group and Metro Media Publishing are joining forces to compete with Leader’s dominance.

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Tips and rumours

Newspaper delivery failures … Tassie minister whoops it up at MOFO … Qantas LAX shower mayhem …

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Crikey Awards: does any title deserve to be newspaper of the year?

It’s slim-pickings in the Crikey title of newspaper of the year. But the ABC stood out, along with some smart print columnists, while the fall from grace for Kim Williams was hard.

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Media briefs: AFR redundo payback? … Schwartz’s print revolution …

We’ve heard a very heavy-hitter was knocked back for a redundancy from Fairfax. Plus other media snippets.

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Bad News: Foxtel to the rescue as Oz newspaper revenues tumble

News Corp revenues declined by 3% over the past year. And guess which country’s newspapers are suffering the most?

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Saturdays with Morry: Schwartz to launch new newspaper

Who said print was dead? Crikey has the juice on a new newspaper bankrolled by Monthly publisher Morry Schwartz. Look for it on Saturdays.

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News Corp’s hall of mirrors can’t hide newspaper woes

News Corporation’s full-year financial results are finally out — but are those hefty profits reported legitimate? Crikey looks a little closer at the numbers.

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Revealed: is a fund manager making a play for News Corp?

Southeastern Asset Management has bought a large number of voting B-class shares in News Corp. It seems unlikely a hostile takeover is on the cards, but the move certainly surprised the market.

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Struggling newspapers rewrite the rules on measuring readership

The newspaper industry has come up with its own system for measuring readership — and surprise surprise, the results look better. But will this allow them to jack up their advertising rates?

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As family ties break, will the rich save our newspapers?

The family is getting out of newspapers in the United States, leaving rich philanthropists to redefine what big-city newspapers are. So what will the media charitable causes in Australia do?

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Media reality check: for every $1 lost in print, just 8c recovered online

New industry advertising data, obtained by Crikey, reveals an alarming disparity for media players: for every $1 lost in print revenue, just 8 cents is recovered in online ads.

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A country practice: how bush newspapers might outsmart metros

The digital transition has hit country newspapers particularly hard. But some publications are thriving when metro counterparts aren’t, reports journalist Gabrielle Chan at The Citizen.

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News moves: Col Allan, Lachlan’s man, has Sundays on his mind

Murdoch favourite Col Allan has been parachuted in to boost News Corp’s tabloid readership, particularly its Sunday editions. How will local editors take to that?

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Commercial TV ahead in political news but ABC trusted more

The ABC is the most trusted source of political news for voters, but they rely more heavily on commercial television and newspapers, and younger voters appear tuned out.

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Why the internet alone can’t save Fairfax

The internet has ripped revenue from media companies — and it won’t save them alone. It’s a niche medium that can’t support large-scale journalism, the Crikey chairman writes in The Monthly.

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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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Tips and rumours

Your morning tea with John Howard and Albrechtsen … where is Rebekah Brooks? … newspaper chiefs and their high salaries …

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Crikey analysis: how the papers responded to media reform

Crikey crunches the numbers on how the newspapers have covered the federal government’s proposed media reforms — and finds the coverage heavily negative, with few alternative views presented.

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Murdoch ups the dowry for News Corp’s publishing arm

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation is spinning off its publishing arm. But with ad revenue falling and the cost of newsprint going up, is it a wise business decision?

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Rupert’s quandry: News Corp results show publishing’s dead

News Corp’s quarterly results show exactly why the company wants to hive off publishing — it’s not making serious money. That’s a pyrric result for Rupert Murdoch, who’s fighting hard to keep papers alive.

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Our trust in media: ABC still leads as commercial media struggle

Our commercial media have struggled to regain trust with Australians, while the ABC remains far ahead.

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FT goes ‘digital first’: cost pressures force job cuts

The Financial Times — ahead of the pack on digital revenue gathering — will go finally go “digital first” and pare back its newspapers. A number of jobs will be cut.

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