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On joyless FM, the joke is on all of us

Commercial radio breeds the sort of contempt for privacy and decency seen in the royal prank case. But you still have to defend it in the face of legal challenge.

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Media briefs: hoax call suit … Murdoch to help … Crossin in France …

Here’s how The Daily Telegraph (owned by News Corp Australia) headlined the story that Rupert Murdoch has accepted a demand that he be recalled to face questioning by British MPs in relation to a leaked tape of him talking about paying police for stories.

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Royal phone prank: the joke’s on who?

Jokes are anything but simple, says comedy writer Evan Williams. The best thing to do is work out who or what exactly we are supposed to be laughing at?

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Gina isn’t that bad

Crikey readers weigh in.

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Media briefs: ratings: Jones up, Kyle down … DJs front Seven, Nine …

Radio ratings: Jones up, Kyle down. The final radio ratings for 2012 will not be pleasant listening for those who don’t like Alan Jones on 2GB in Sydney (he went up in share figures — again), but it will be more to the liking of those who object to the antics of Kyle Sandilands and his offsider […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: battle of the royal phone prank interviews

Tracy Grimshaw on ACA swanned in and had a royal command performance with lots of emoting and concerned cutaways and won the battle of the phone prank interviews with TT (especially in Sydney and Melbourne).

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Tips and rumours

Finance types enjoy Xmas banquet … while posties lament a thermos gift … is BHP Billiton cutting safety, enviro staff? …

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Radio DJ: prank calls, stunts the bread and butter of FM

Gotcha calls aren’t funny, says former FM radio DJ Christopher Welldon, who’s sat in on a few. But management demands them because they make a splash. The intent is to shock.

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How prank call DJs played it by the book in TV tell-alls

The radio DJs behind the royal prank call fronted TV cameras last night for tell-not-quite-all interviews. They played it by the book of crisis management, says marketing consultant Toby Ralph.

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Resisting the witch hunt on the royal prank call

The royal phone prank may have been poorly executed, but the witch hunt ensuing from the death of one of the parties shouldn’t be the basis for further media regulation. Hard cases make for bad law.

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There is no such thing as a harmless prank

Crikey readers weigh in on the issues of the day.

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