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Meet the mystery man (and privacy fan) who’ll be sparring with Rupert

The Press Council’s new chairman, David Weisbrot, is quite unknown in media circles. But maybe that’s a good thing.

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Media briefs: Nancy to Press Council … MEAA seeks chief … Digital revenues …

Kate Durham says she’ll take Gerard Henderson to the Press Council. And other media tidbits of the day.

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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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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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Press Council chair recuses himself from News Corp adjudications

Press Council chair Julian Disney will no longer adjudicate complaints involving News Corp, after a campaign against him.

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Then and now: The Australian’s changing tune on the Press Council

The Australian could never really be described as a fan of the Australian Press Council. But it has, in the past, been far more complimentary.

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Media briefs: the Oz hearts the SMH … Snowden the patriot … Jezebel wins …

The Oz continues to hate on the Press Council. And other media tid-bits of the day.

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Media briefs: Press Council v the OzJezebel and the pornbots … RIP Robin Williams …

Should media outlets pay any attention to the Jihadi PR machine? And other media tidbits of the day.

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Smelling an adverse ruling, The Australian turns on Press Council

The Australian has turned its particular brand of venom on Julian Disney, chair of the Press Council. Former Media Watch executive producer David Salter writes that self-regulation of the press is clearly no regulation at all.

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Media briefs: SMH headlines … money to Fox … multichannel ratings …

The Oz wasn’t the only one to get a slap-down from the Press Council. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Simons: review says Finkelstein got regs diagnosis right, prescription wrong

The Convergence Review Report has effectively concluded that Ray Finkelstein got the diagnosis right but the prescription wrong when he recommended statutory regulation for news media.

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Complaints to Press Council double — so will it beef up?

Those who are inclined to write off the Press Council might be given pause by the fact that the number of complaints it receives has doubled since October.

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Three golden radio moments

Three golden moments from radio that have hit the news in the past 24 hours. Take a bow Kyle Sandilands, Ray Hadley and Alan Jones.

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Media inquiry: Disney calls for Press Council funding to be doubled

The federal government’s print media inquiry concluded on Friday with a wide-ranging discussion about possible sanctions for breaching Press Council standards, including the imposition of fines or compensation payments of up to $40,000.

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Holmes: The circus inside the media inquiry

A furious John Hartigan, outgoing CEO and chairman of News Limited, faced up to the media inquiry in Sydney yesterday. But the real winner from this inquiry is Press Council head Julian Disney, says Media Watch host Jonathan Holmes.

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Simons: Disney defends Press Council on day two of inquiry

The likelihood of a strong move to discourage abusive online comments threads in mainstream media outlets emerged at the media inquiry today, with inquiry head Ray Finkelstein and Australian Press Council Chair Julian Disney agreeing they were damaging to democracy and freedom of speech.

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Cracking the code and regulating the wild west of online media

Several weeks ago Crikey, and our publisher Private Media, promised our own internal code of conduct. Here it is.

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Media inquiry: big winner is the Press Council

The new inquiry is certainly messy in conception, and nobody really has any idea as to how it will do its work.

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Press Council shakes ‘poodle’ tag with new suicide reporting standard

The new suicide standard will lead to some changes in standard newsroom practice, where for years the general rule has been that suicides are not reported at all.

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Privacy Eye: the challenge for the media

Media bosses assure us blatant disregard for the law is not part of the local scene but a broad-based inquiry into the media is in the offing, writes Peter Timmins, a lawyer and blogger.

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Privacy Eye: media shouldn’t fear debate on privacy laws

The federal government’s decision to initiate a debate on privacy laws has provoked some typically premature condemnation from some sections of the media, writes Michael Smith, former editor of The Age.

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Simons: News Ltd internal review will include ‘independent oversight’

The internal audit of editorial expenses announced by News Limited CEO John Hartigan yesterday will include “an element of independent oversight” following conversations between the Chair of the Press Council, Julian Disney and News Limited executives.

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Disney lands some grunt for the Press Council

The Press Council is surely one of Australia’s lowest profile self-regulation bodies, but it may actually be on the way to becoming relevant.

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Spinning the Media: It’s up to you to read between the lines

Is the term “special report” actually industry parlance for “advertising feature” in some editorial departments? Daniel Bishton canvasses opinion on the topic.

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